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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is never known for his goals and the Croatia international failed to score a single goal all through last season.
The form of the 25-year-old midfielder has been impressive this season and it now looks like he has started to add goals to his game.
Kovacic scored his first ever Chelsea goal in November as he scored in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Valencia in the UEFA Champions League. He followed that up with another goal in the 3-1 defeat to Everton over the weekend.
Before his recent strikes for Chelsea, Kovacic last found the net for former side Real Madrid on January 29, 2017 – that is an incredible 1,033 days before he scored against Valencia.
Kovacic has now revealed that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been training him to be a better goalscorer, as the Blues boss himself was very good at that during his playing days.
“He has joked about that before but I also think he was being serious, because he knows I should score more goals,” said Kovacic.
“He has been preparing me to arrive late in the box to score more goals and it is just a consequence of training hard and preparing myself.
“I think mentally I have become stronger this season. Last season I was obsessed a little bit [with not scoring] because people were always asking when I was going to score.
“This summer I was just focused on preparing well and having a good season for the team and, as I said before, the goals are just consequences of training well and preparing myself.”