Chelsea manager urges €35m-rated playmaker to score more goals

Mateo Kovacic says he is trying to adjust his mentality to score more goals after being challenged by the Blues coach Frank Lampard to open his account for the side finally.

Despite playing 69 matches for the London club in all tournaments first on loan from Los Blancos last campaign, and now as a permanent fixture in the side, Croatia international is still waiting to score his first goal for Chelsea.

Mateo had a decent record in Serie A, scoring eight times in his final campaign at Inter Milan, including a European hat-trick, before moving to the Spanish giants, but he has not scored for club or country since winter 2017.

Kovacic has been roundly praised for his displays this campaign, but the English manager feels the one thing he is lacking is goals, and the midfielder is eager to try and rectify the issue. ‘The most important is the first one. One year at Inter Milan, I scored a lot of goals because I started the campaign, scoring a lot of goals.

Then you continue, and it goes along,’ The 25-year-old midfielder said. ‘I never had the pressure to score goals, I was never obsessed because my game is not about goals, but, if I want to go to the next step, I need to improve it. The coach was the greatest goalscoring midfielder that ever played.

There were many, but he scored a lot of goals. Frank tells me always that I need to shoot. Now I am trying more! ‘It’s only a thing of mentality, to try to score, to be aggressive and to have the hunger to score goals.