Chelsea: Media hail ‘criminally underrated’ Kovacic after Dortmund
Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic has been lavished with praise for his brilliant midfield display as Graham Potter‘s side defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-0.
The Lowdown: Huge night for Potter…
The Blues boss has been under-fire in recent months with previous reports linking the club to a potential Potter replacement.
Owner Todd Boehly and the board have apparently been weighing up the likes of Mauricio Pochettino but two wins in Chelsea’s last two games has seriously eased the pressure.
Potter’s side are now through to the Champions League quarter-finals after overturning a 1-0 first leg deficit, with goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havetz either side of half time sealing a crucial 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Knocking out Dortmund could be a major turning point for Potter and Chelsea with members of the media heaping praise on one man.
The Latest: Kovacic praise…
Indeed, Kovacic was at the centre of real praise from the press, with various journalists raving over his quality on the night.
“I’ve probably tweeted this before… but Mateo Kovacic is so so good. Criminally underrated.” – Dominic Booth, ex-MEN sports writer
“Mateo Kovačić what a player!”- Veronica Brunati, Argentine sports journalist
“That goal comes from good work from Kovacic. He’s one of my favourite players to watch, so clever and so much quality” – Alex Howell, BBC Sport reporter
The Verdict: Mammoth display…
The 28-year-old put in a mammoth display against Dortmund last night, carrying Chelsea further up the pitch with his dribbles and proving an ever-reliable in Potter’s midfield.
As per SofaScore, Kovacic completed 100% of his attempted dribbles whilst winning the majority of his ground duels against Dortmund.
On top of that, he made one key pass in the forward areas, won four tackles and made two interceptions as he grew into the game.
The Chelsea figurehead could be a silently pivotal player as Potter seeks to get his reign truly up and running.