'The game changed': Chelsea fans think £40m substitute improved team vs Newcastle
Chelsea got over the line with a narrow 1-0 win against Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon – and some Blues fans on Twitter believe Mateo Kovacic deserved a special mention for his contribution off the bench.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea left it until the 89th minute to find a winner in the Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge, with in-form attacker Kai Havertz scoring a superb goal inside the box.
The Blues look extremely comfortable sat third in the league standings, so a top-four finish looks pretty certain barring a massive collapse.
They can now turn attention towards the second leg of a Champions League last-16 tie with Lille next week.
Naturally, most eyes are on the club to see if they can sort out a new ownership following sanctions to Roman Abramovich.
Kovacic a Chelsea favourite
A selection of Blues supporters on social media say Kovacic improved the team against Newcastle when he came on the pitch.
The £40million midfielder was substituted on with half an hour to play, which certainly did help a bit more stability in the centre of the park.
He gave a glimpse into his excellent dribbling with one mazy run. Also, he just added a bit more of a presence and intent with the ball at his feet.
Tuchel often likes to rotate between the senior trio of Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. However, they can all operate together on the same pitch like at the weekend against Newcastle.
Kovacic, 27, is someone that’s perhaps underrated in terms of his actual importance to Tuchel’s squad.
Here are some Chelsea fans waxing lyrical about the Croatia international: