Hakim Ziyech and Kepa Arrizabalaga both wowed by 28-year-old Chelsea player's display at the World Cup yesterday

Chelsea players Hakim Ziyech and Kepa Arrizabalaga both took to Instagram to share how impressed they are with club teammate Mateo Kovacic’s performance at the World Cup yesterday.

The 28-year-old was part of a Croatia side who got a crucial three points in the board in their group stage game against Canada yesterday.

His outstanding performance as part of a midfield with Luka Modric and Marcelo Brozovic helped bring a lot of control for the European side, after they had gone behind in the opening two minutes.

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The win puts the 2018 finalists on four points, with a great chance to finish top of the group that was predicted to be led by Belgium.

However, their 2-0 loss to Morocco yesterday puts them under pressure to pick up all three points in the final group game against Croatia.

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Kepa and Ziyech impressed by Kovacic

If Kovacic can produce a similar performance in the game, Eden Hazard’s side will no doubt be under more pressure.

The Chelsea man’s display impressed a number of his club teammates.

Both Ziyech, who had impressed earlier for Morocco, and Arrizabalaga took to Instagram to respond to his performance.

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Blues fans will be hoping that his impressive performance is a result of a return to full fitness, after an injury-hit start to the domestic campaign.

Graham Potter has hardly had the option of the Croatian at 100%, and has been forced to use him from the bench in some occasions where starting may have been stronger for the Blues.

A fully fit Kovacic in the second half of the season will undoubtedly be a massive boost to the Stamford Bridge side, who will need to lift their game a lot from their prior performances if they are to secure a top four finish at the end of the campaign.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released