Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp hailed Chelsea’s midfield following their 2-1 success at Watford, which saw the Blues notch their fifth straight Premier League win.
Frank Lampard’s side bounced back immediately from their EFL Cup defeat to Manchester United in midweek with a victory over the bottom-placed Hornets, and Redknapp had special praise for two players after the Blues’ success at Vicarage Road.
Defensive midfield duo Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic were those who caught the eye of Redknapp, who after praising the team as a whole as they momentarily went third in the league table, lauded the performances of both players.
He told Sky Sports (via Daily Express): “It’s a joy to watch, the young players are bedding in so well. They look so comfortable and they’re playing such good football.
“It becomes infectious. They’ve got a nice balance.
“The two midfielders were at times magnificent. And nobody’s talking about [N’Golo] Kante. I can only imagine what it’s like in training trying to get the ball off those two.”
It is easy to see why Redknapp was so impressed with the pair, and not only as both players were among Chelsea’s best performers judging by their WhoScored match ratings.
Jorginho picked up an assist for Chelsea’s opener and recorded a match-high total of four interceptions, while Kovacic posted the second-highest tally of tackles with only Watford’s Christian Kabasele getting more.
They were also both exquisite in the passing department, with Jorginho and Kovacic having respective success rates of 93.6% and 95.7% – even more impressive when you consider they were the only players to record over 100 passes throughout the match.
So while goalscorers Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic take most of the plaudits for their input, there is certainly a case from Redknapp to say that Chelsea’s midfielders were just as vital to the win this weekend.
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