Mateo Kovacic played 90 minutes last night for his country in a World Cup qualifier – and some Chelsea fans on Twitter were amazed by their star’s display. 

Kovacic, 27, started for Croatia during their 0-0 draw away to Russia on Wednesday. 

The all-action central midfielder has started the new club season in great form for the Blues, so it’s no surprise to see some highlight reels appear from his Croatia performance against Russia. 

He produced a couple of eye-catching moments on the ball and he’s always been a superb dribbler that is great to watch .

There are question marks over his end product, but he’s got everything else you can want from a midfielder with his aggression, intelligence and range of passing. 

Russia v Croatia - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification
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Mateo Kovacic knows he needs to raise his game

A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media were left waxing lyrical about Kovacic after his midweek international outing. 

 

The £40million star has looked immense in the opening weeks of the 2021/22 season and is answering the call to improve right now.

If he wants to nail down a starting position in Thomas Tuchel’s best XI, he’ll need to be on his A-game consistently.

Kovacic is vying for a midfield starting role against quality teammates N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. Also, Saul Niguez arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid on Tuedsay’s deadline day to reinforce the centre of the park options every further.

The Croatian has the talent and was even the club’s Player of the Season in the 2019/20 campaign. The competition in the squad, though, is forcing everyone to raise their game.

Here are some Blues fans hailing Kovacic:

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