Chelsea’s hard work against Wolves paid off as they secure their spot in next season’s Champions League.
The Blues ended the Premier League season fourth in the table on 66 points and round off the term on level points with Manchester United, behind the Red Devils only on goal difference.
Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud were on target as Frank Lampard’s side bagged their 20th league win of the season yesterday. However, one man perhaps went under the radar despite putting in a strong shift in midfield.
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Mateo Kovacic impressed with his well-rounded performance which saw him complete both the most dribbles (3/3) and tackles (5/6) out of anyone else on the pitch (according to FotMob). The Croatian also made light work of creating chances for Chelsea, completing 100% of his attempted long balls and winning 11 duels. Additionally, he completed 91% of his passes in his 85 minutes on the pitch.
Kovacic isn’t as potent a presence in front of goal like fellow midfielder Mount, who scored eight goals this season to the Croatian’s two, but he is exceptional at keeping the midfield ticking. His record for the 2019/20 season saw him average two tackles per game and maintain an 89.7% passing rate (via WhoScored).
His performance against Wolves saw him complete more dribbles than all of Chelsea’s starting front three.
Kovacic has been part of Lampard’s ever-changing midfield this campaign, but with his consistent performances, it’s hard to imagine that he won’t be a guaranteed starter next season.
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