Frank Lampard admits one of his “projects” at Chelsea is to get Mateo Kovacic among the goals.
Croatia midfielder Kovacic broke his Chelsea duck on his 71st club appearance in Wednesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw in Valencia.
The 25-year-old drilled home from 20 yards as the Blues tiptoed out of the Mestalla Stadium with a point despite the hosts squandering plenty of chances, including a missed penalty.
Kovacic could even have had a brace in Spain, only for Jasper Cillessen to deny the in-form Blues creator another goal, as Lampard revealed his plans for the former Real Madrid man.
“We’ve had a lot of jokes between me and him, and the whole squad and him, because he’s a player of such quality that should score more goals,” said Lampard.
“It’s a project for me, for him and for the whole staff to get him more goals, and he could have scored two.
“I’m delighted for him and I hope that’s the start of something new.”