Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic was one of the top performers as the Blues sealed a 1-0 win against Tottenham last night.
The Croatian has looked revitalised under manager Thomas Tuchel, performing well in a midfield two alongside Jorginho, and supporters on Twitter were quick to praise the player after the game:
We lost control of the midfield immediately he was substituted . The guy is baller
— ChelseaTycoon (@cfctycoon2) February 4, 2021
His ball progression is a joy to watch
— SON OF MAN 🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@Okaraemmanuel) February 4, 2021
Kovacic is near priceless!
— Olamilekan (@The_Elohes) February 4, 2021
Kova starting to show his form from last season and that's going to help us alot
— Chelseacaribbean (@emroyvanhorne7) February 4, 2021
He has been excellent, in every game, under Touchel.
— alan niel 3.5%; #GTTO (@GrandadofOscar) February 4, 2021
That guy protects the ball like an egg..tuchel is turning kovacic into the thiago alcantara we saw at bayern
— Michael (@Michael40522127) February 4, 2021
He has been extremely good.
Giving us last season vibes.
It will be hard for Kante to bench him.
— 💙PAUL💙 (@CFCPaul__) February 4, 2021
How can you watch football and not rate Kovacic
— Ben (@LoftusCFCvl2) February 4, 2021
Kovaciç was a fire dancer today…
If only our attackers can be more clinical and position well
— Solomon 💎 Escober (@SolomonEscober) February 4, 2021
Kovacic is not doing anything flashy but he is taking on more responsibility playing in the 3-4-3/3-5-2 system which Tuchel has decided to employ since being appointed as manager.
The 26-year-old is covering a lot of ground, both in possession when making himself available to receive the ball and turn into space, whilst also intercepting and closing passing lanes for the opposition.
With N’Golo Kante now fit and on the bench, it remains to be seen how long Tuchel keeps faith with Kovacic but, if the Croatian international continues in this form, he is unlikely to be dropped any time soon.