MATEO KOVACIC has trolled himself by asking new boss Frank Lampard to teach him how to score – having now gone 894 days without a goal.
The Croatian midfielder’s last strike came on January 29, 2017 in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Real Sociedad.
Chelsea midfielders' goals since January 29, 2017
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 10 goals, 45 games
N’Golo Kante – 7 goals, 119 games
Ross Barkley – 5 goals, 52 games
Tiemoue Bakayoko – 3 goals, 43 games
Jorginho – 2 goals, 54 games
Danny Drinkwater – 1 goal, 23 games
Mateo Kovacic – 0 goals, 51 games
In that same time, every Chelsea central midfielder has scored at least once – including forgotten man Danny Drinkwater.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek leads the way with ten goals, with N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Jorginho all also netting.
Now, amidst a gruelling pre-season, Kovacic, 25, has revealed he has turned to his new boss for help adding goals to his game.
Kovacic said: “I’m looking forward to working with [Lampard] a lot – he was an amazing player and he showed last season that he is a good coach as well.
“I’m looking forward to learning how to score from him because he scored quite a lot and me not so much last season.
“I’m maybe not exactly the same type of midfielder as he was but he had some strong abilities, especially scoring goals.
“He was a hard worker so I’m looking forward to being better in this aspect, in working hard, fighting on the pitch and scoring goals.”
Kovacic went on to reveal Lampard has the whole Chelsea squad working incredibly hard this pre-season to be ready for a big 2019-20.
The Croatian added: “[Last year] was my first year so it was very difficult but I think I did well.
“It could have been even better but we won a trophy, which is always important, and we finished third.
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“It’s important to rest well because we had a tough season with a lot of ups and downs.
“We were tired physically and mentally but now we are ready and preparing to have a great season.
“I’m looking forward to working hard – I’m enjoying it but already it’s been very tough. I’ve never had such a hard start.
“The coach has said how important it will be to work hard and prepare for a long and tough season.”