Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic says he has been given ‘freedom’ under new manager Frank Lampard.
The Croatia international impressed as Chelsea registered their first win of the season at Norwich on Saturday, providing the assist for Tammy Abraham’s winner in a pulsating clash.
Kovacic joined Chelsea on a permanent deal this summer having enjoyed a loan spell at Stamford Bridge last season, and following the 3-2 win the 25-year-old discussed how his role has changed since Lampard’s arrival at the club.
“It was a tough three points and we had to work hard for them,” Kovacic told the official Chelsea website. “But we showed a lot of character and we had to, because we needed this win.
“The manager has given me more freedom to get up and support the attacks, I can collect the ball and drive forward. I feel good, I have a great connection with the manager and his coaching team and of course with my team-mates.
“I feel better to be a Chelsea player, compared to last season when I was only on loan. I feel more confident, I’m more relaxed because I know this is my home now and I feel really good.
“I think I can still show more in my play because I know I can still improve for the team, but overall I’m very happy.”