Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been waxing lyrical about his sides midfield duo of Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho after the pair starred in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.
Jorginho, in particular, became something of a scapegoat amongst the Stamford Bridge faithful during Maurizio Sarri’s unpopular reign last season. However, both the Italian international and Kovacic – signed permanently from Real Madrid after a somewhat underwhelming season on loan – have been pivotal in Chelsea’s excellent start to the campaign under Lampard.
The pair have struck up a superb partnership in the absence of N’Golo Kante, with both players skillsets complementing each other wonderfully.
Yesterday’s win saw Chelsea cement their place in the top four and means Lampard has now equalled a club record of seven successive away wins, with the Blues boss clearly aware of just how important the form of his midfield duo has been to his side’s success.
”It becomes infectious,” Lampard told his post-match press conference.
“They’ve got a nice balance. The two midfielders were at times magnificent.
“And nobody’s talking about Kante. I can only imagine what it’s like in training trying to get the ball off those two.
“Kovacic, his ability to play – him and Jorgi together – and then that ability to drive from midfield, that’s not the norm.
“As a midfield player it’s your worst nightmare having a player who can play and then drive by you out of nowhere.
“He was doing that today to great effect. Really pleased with him.”
Jorghino’s sublime assist for Tammy Abraham’s opener has been labelled by many as the pass of the season, and the Blues boss admitted it was a special goal.
“Some goals make you really happy. With Watford today we did feel their line is quite high and the timing is perfect,” Lampard added.
“Listen, you can try that many times, you can overhit them, you can underhit them but I think the threat of playing behind should always be there and that was spot on.”