Chelsea recorded a crucial win in the Premier League over Tottenham on Saturday afternoon – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter were left raving about the performance of Mateo Kovacic.
The Blues midfielder retained his spot in the starting XI and caught the eye alongside teammate Jorginho in the centre of the park.
Frank Lampard got one over on his old boss Jose Mourinho with a 2-1 victory for Chelsea against Spurs at Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock in the 15th minute with his powerful low shot, as the striker repaid the manager for promoting him to the starting line up.
Marcos Alonso was one of four changes that came into the XI and he added a second shortly after half-time with his arrowed effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Antonio Rudiger’s unfortunate own goal in the 89th minute set up a tense finish, but ultimately it was three points on the board at a vital stage of the season.
Chelsea desperately needed a win after some poor results recently and they stay fourth in the table, with a four-point cushion now opening up over fifth-placed Spurs.
It should give the squad a real boost going into Tuesday’s first leg of a Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich.
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media felt that Kovacic was dynamite against Spurs and deserved immense credit.
The 25-year-old central midfielder was slick in possession as always to get out of tight situations and his composure on the ball is really noticeable when he plays.
Here are some Chelsea fans on Kovacic:
Mateo Kovacic is a certified midfield baller !!! #CFC
— James McAngelo (@Angelo2700) February 22, 2020
— Madina K Camp 🇬🇭♌🐦 (@YungWayy_) February 22, 2020
All imma say is the Kovacic is our best player by a mile and the first half showed that.
— PressResistant (@CFCJojo) February 22, 2020
Kovacic and Jorginho are dominating the midfield. No spaces for Spurs there. What a duo 🔥 #CHETOT
— freeSKo 🗯 (@freeSKoCFC) February 22, 2020
— the blue flag (@cfcblueboy1977) February 22, 2020
Kovacic world class
— locks (@CFCLocks) February 22, 2020
Kovacic is just world class, simply put
— Liam (@_CFCLiam) February 22, 2020
Great first half performance. Kovacic is our Key Player. Come blues #CHETOT
— CFC Lion (@bluesoldier2012) February 22, 2020
— 🇬🇭NsemfooGoal🇬🇧 (@GM_CFC) February 22, 2020