Chelsea fans were left stunned by the performance of Mateo Kovacic against Tottenham, as the Croatia international dominated the middle of the park in the 2-1 win.
Frank Lampard has chopped and changed in midfield this season, with Jorginho, Kovacic and N’Golo Kante all getting their fair share of chances to impress. Kovacic may well have proven himself as the best of the lot in recent weeks though, and the £40m summer signing (BBC) was simply sensational again on Saturday.
Per Sofascore, the 25 year-old created one big chance in the match, completed all five of his dribble attempts and a superb 94% of his passes while also pitching in on the defensive end, making two interceptions and winning six of his 11 duels. Fans have been fawning over his display on social media, hailing the midfield maestro for his ‘passing masterclass’ and claiming £40m for his services was a ‘bargain’, and you can check out all the best Twitter reactions down below…
Kovacic, in the last few seconds, sprinting about, winning the ball back, composed, beating two men and winning what would’ve been a free-kick at the final whistle.
The man is top, top class. What a performance.
— C A R E F R E E (@CarefreeEdition) February 22, 2020
Wouldn’t swap kovacic for any other midfielder in the world on current form
— Reece🔷 (@Reece__cfc) February 22, 2020
Kovacic….My God 🙌🙌🙌🙌
— KELVIN ™ (@or__kelvin) February 22, 2020
kovacic is a serious contender for our poty. bargain in today’s market with an elite mentality, could be in our midfield for years
— Fil (@ffierro_) February 22, 2020
Kovacic was a beast today 💪🏾💪🏾
— Isaiah (@Izzy_baller17) February 22, 2020
Kovacic is Kante’s replacement https://t.co/GMxhpjS7hV
— Nasri Eric Majdalani (@nasrimaj) February 22, 2020
Mateo Kovacic passing masterclass:
Passes 77, passes completed 69, pass completion, 94.8%, passes in opposition half 42, pass completion in opposition half 90.5%, 2 key passes.
Highest in every category for a starting player in either team. Most possession regained too at 15
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) February 22, 2020
Kova is such a baller man. Chelsea player of the season imo. He’s just upped his game from last season, and now he’s irreplaceable.
To think some people wanted him out last season! 🤦🏽♂️
— Hassan (@CFC_HaSsAn) February 22, 2020
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