Frank Lampard has reserved special praise for Mateo Kovacic, hailing the midfielder as ‘outstanding’, after Chelsea beat Newcastle 1-0 at Stamford bridge.
Chelsea and Lampard, were left frustrated by visiting side Newcastle in the Premier League weekend fixture. With the blues having to wait till the 73rd minute to settle matters, thanks to Marcus Alonso.
The win hands Lampard his fifth successive victory in all competitions, and helped the blues to a top four place temporarily.
Speaking after the game, Frank Lampard was quick to praise opponents Newcastle, for their daunting performance. But reserved special praise for midfielder Mateo Kovacic, whom he referred to as ‘outstanding’.
“First of all, I’ve got to give credit to Newcastle. You can see why they have got results this year.” He said.
“In the first half we were a little safe and slow… there was not enough urgency or risk. That was the message at half-time.
“We saw the spirit and energy of the team in the second half. We just need to keep picking up the wins and take nothing for granted.
“We had a problem in the game, but solved it. Kovacic was outstanding. I am pleased, we have to play like that. We got our way in the end.”