Lampard expects Kai Havertz and Kovacic to be key players this season

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed the impact of Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic this season, and he expects them to be very important to the squad this season.

Lampard has particularly hailed their ability to drive with the ball and admits that it’s something he couldn’t really do during his playing days.

“I didn’t have the speed to travel at the speed both those players can,” Lampard said when speaking on the performances of Kovacic and Havertz.

“I worked on it and tried to, and it is important to cover ground when you can, as long as it is done in the right areas.

“I love the fact that when Kai drove forward for Oli’s first goal [against Sevilla], he then had the calmness to find the right pass for Oli, and that is something we can forever improve on – the idea of driving but then making sure the final pass is right as well, and those two did it very well the other night.”

Kovacic has been impressive in his last few games for the club, while Havertz had started the season in fine form as well, contributing in 7 goals so far.

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