Chelsea performance of Mateo Kovacic v Norwich was outstanding

97 touches, 6 key passes: Chelsea star's masterclass v Norwich must not be overlooked - TCC View

Mateo Kovacic turned in the kind of Chelsea performance against Norwich City that simply can’t be overlooked.

Of course, Blues teammate Mason Mount will grab the headlines for his hat-trick in the emphatic 7-0 win over Norwich in the Premier League. In addition, fellow academy graduates Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James were also among the goalscorers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The light needs to come down, though, on the man pulling the strings in the Chelsea midfield. 

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Mateo Kovacic latest masterclass for Chelsea

Kovacic was the silent assassin on the weekend that was simply too good for opponents Norwich. It was the kind of performance that highlighted how much he’s improved his final ball and mirrored the kind of form he’s been in this season.

First of all, the 27-year-old produced a glorious assist for Hudson-Odoi with a pass that cut through the opposition backline. Perhaps it’s the kind of ball he wouldn’t have attempted earlier in his Chelsea career.

Also, he provided the pass around the edge of the box to set up the goal from Ben Chilwell.

Kovacic’s individual tally this season is now up to five league assists. Only Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (seven) has directly set up more goals in the Premier League this campaign than him.

Chelsea now have a huge influence in the central midfield position that can penetrate teams. Once again, it’s taken brilliant Blues manager Thomas Tuchel to unlock a special talent in a player.

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Stats magnify Croatian’s influence

The WhoScored statistics from Chelsea’s win against Norwich shined favourably on Kovacic. 

The all-action midfielder played the most key passes (six) in the Blues team. His closes competitor in that field was Mount (three). 

In addition, Kovacic had 97 touches, boasted a 94 per cent pass accuracy, and made five tackles. He was given a phenomenal overall match rating of 9.48.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke alluded to the importance of Kovacic, along with teammate Jorginho, in Chelsea’s Saturday victory.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.