Chelsea players were believed to have frowned at the monotonous training that former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri adopted during his time at the club. Chelsea legend and Maurizio Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola, has revealed that Blues forward stars Willian and Eden Hazard were the ones who suffered the most.

“They were talented players, like Hazard and Willian, players who know how to win games on their own, but they were suffering from the type of exercises and type of training we were doing – but it was necessary for the others,” Zola told beIN Sports.

“I’ll be honest, they were brilliant because they got bored, but they kept doing it throughout and that was the reason why when everyone was dropping we were going up towards the end.” Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic who was signed by Sarri, has impressed under Frank Lampard, and the Croatian has now revealed the difference between the two bosses.

Kovacic told FourFourTwo: “I came to Chelsea under Sarri, but I must say that Lampard is an exceptional manager. He has kept the character he had as a player in his personality as a coach, which has inspired all of us.

“He commits himself with everything he’s got. Training is always challenging and different from last season.

“That’s probably the main difference between Lampard and Sarri, who made the concept of training quite monotonous. There were a lot of similar training sessions with a focus on tactical preparation.”