The 25-year-old had failed to find the net in his 70 games for Chelsea FC before the west London side made the trip to Valencia in the Champions League for their penultimate group-stage fixture.
Kovavic ended his long wait to open his Chelsea FC account in sensational style when the Croatian midfielder scored a sumptuous goal from outside the penalty area to cancel out Carlos Soler’s opener.
The World Cup finalist’s first-ever Chelsea FC goal came less than a minute after Soler’s opener to leave the Champions League tie finely poised at 1-1 at half-time.
Chelsea FC summer signing Christian Pulisic made it 2-1 to the visitors in the second half before Daniel Wass levelled with eight minutes left to play at The Mestalla.
Speaking at his post-match media conference about Kovacic’s first goal for Chelsea FC, Lampard said:
“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.
“It’s a project for me, for him and the whole staff to get him more goals and he could have scored two today.
“I’m delighted for him and I hope that’s the start of something new.”
Kovacic completed a permanent move to Chelsea FC from Real Madrid in the summer after the Croatian spent the 2018-19 season on loan at the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Chelsea FC will host West Ham United in their next Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
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