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‘The 8 has changed him’ – Mateo Kovacic earns club legend comparisons following dazzling display vs A

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‘The 8 has changed him’ – Mateo Kovacic earns club legend comparisons following dazzling display vs A

 

The name of Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has taken centre stage online this evening, on the back of a wonderful performance in the club’s meeting with Aston Villa.

Lukaku on target again

Thomas Tuchel’s men got their Premier League campaign back underway a short time ago, in a meeting with the Villans at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues headed into proceedings in search of a return to winning ways, having seen their flawless opening to the campaign come to an end at Liverpool last time out.

And, when all was said and done on Saturday, secure their latest 3-point haul is precisely what Chelsea managed.

A hotly-contested affair in West London, which saw visitors Villa carve out more than a few presentable opportunities, nevertheless eventually culminated in a 3-0 victory for the hosts.

Romelu Lukaku opened the game’s scoring early on, latching onto a defence-splitting pass from Mateo Kovacic, before slotting home in confident fashion:

The unplayable Kovacic then turned goalscorer a short time later, capitalising on Tyrone Mings’ dreadful mistake to pick out the far corner in style:

And there was even time for Lukaku to add some gloss to the scoreline with a late Chelsea 3rd, rounding out another fine day for Thomas Tuchel’s men.

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Are you Lampard in disguise?

In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close at Stamford Bridge, it has since come as little surprise to see the name of hitman Lukaku steal the headlines on Saturday evening.

However, it was in fact another of Chelsea’s stars who went on to secure the Man of the Match prize.

The player in question? Mateo Kovacic.

The Croatian, often something of a divisive figure amongst fans, shone throughout the 90 minutes, looking a level above his Villa counterparts in a frankly world-class display.

And, as outlined above, the Chelsea faithful have since (lightheartedly) highlighted one change as having proven the key to Kovacic’s upturn in form – his jersey number.

The former Real Madrid man, ahead of the new campaign, ditched his previous no.17, to take on the Pensioners’ iconic no.8.

And his showing versus Villa, in turn, has since given rise to widespread comparisons, between ‘Kova’, and, in the eyes of most, Chelsea’s greatest-ever 8:

 

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