Mateo Kovacic played 70 minutes for Chelsea during a pre-season win over Barcelona on Tuesday – and some of the club’s fans on Twitter were thrilled with his performance.

The Blues concluded their tour of Japan with a 2-1 victory against Spanish giants Barcelona, who are at the beginning of their pre-season preparations.

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Tammy Abraham opened the scoring in the first-half with a great individual goal, as he showed quick feet to round the goalkeeper and tap home.

Ross Barkley then added a second in the half with a left-footed finish from outside the box, while Ivan Rakitic scored a late consolation for Barcelona with a long-range stunner into the top corner.

Blues head coach Frank Lampard once again took a look at most of his squad with wholesale changes in the second period, but the team looked better than their opponents overall.

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Kovacic partnered Jorginho in the centre of the park for Chelsea and the pair seem to have found an excellent blend in pre-season.

Lampard has shown he likes the 4-2-3-1 formation and the duo dictated play well from deep.

Kovacic arrived for £40million (BBC) this summer after spending the whole of last season on loan from Real Madrid.

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The 25-year-old was used regularly by Maurizio Sarri, but it didn’t quite click for him at Stamford Bridge and

But Lampard may have found an ideal role for him in a deeper position, where he can help break up play and also spring passes over the pitch.

Here are some Chelsea fans on Kovacic:

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