Chelsea ended their tour of Japan with a superb 2-1 victory against Barcelona. Frank Lampard set the team to press high and utilised excellent discipline to block spaces that the Catalan clubs could thrive on.
The preseason tour continues to be a huge success for Lampard even as he continues to experiment with the squad in a quest to get the best 11 players for the opening day trip to Old Trafford. One area where the Blues excelled was in the midfield.
The double pivot if Kovacic and Jorginho were able to hold their own against the midfield of Barcelona in what was a tactical masterclass. Lampard reveled in the win after the game and praised Kovacic for his role after the game.
“I thought he was outstanding in the first half. I really liked Kovacic last season, I watched Chelsea a lot. I saw lots in his game I really liked and what I’ve found here on this tour from the first day he turned up is a hungry attitude, desire to work and an incredible talent on the ball and I want to work with him and help him improve.
“I think there’s so much talent there and I really like him. I’m really pleased, we know we’ve got numbers in midfield areas but I can’t help but be excited by some of the elements in his performance today and I think there’s even more to come.”
Another player who appeared to impress the former Derby County boss was young forward Tammy Abraham. The England u21 international was able to hold his own against Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique displaying a mix of power and nuisance in the final third.
His manager was proud of his efforts and believes that Abraham can develop into a top goalscorer.
“I’m very happy this evening. Tammy is a goalscorer, hungry for goals, constantly wanting to score.
I saw that in the Championship last season, he’s proven that and now it’s his time to prove it at Chelsea.
“Confidence is big for goalscorers so to get his goal will put him in good stead.”