“He was a big Kovacic fan when he played for Madrid”

Thomas Tuchel, coach of the Chelsea, said it was a great fan of Mateo Kovacic when he played in the Real Madrid and that he saw great potential in him during the ‘Clásicos’ against Barcelona.

The Croatian midfielder arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2018, on loan from the Spanish club, after three seasons in Madrid in which he won tres Champions League.

Asked about the figure of Kovacic, who has shone at a high level in recent dates with the ‘blues’, Tuchel declared himself a fan of his game.

He was a big fan of Kovacic when he played for Real Madrid. I told him as soon as I got there. I remember watching the ‘Clásicos’ with him and thinking that he had great potential. When i met him i saw a boy nice, humble and with a big heart“, said Tuchel at a press conference.

However, the bad news for Tuchel is that Kovacic will be off the pitch until after the next pick break for a muscle injury. The midfielder has played 13 games this season with Chelsea, he has scored a goal and has distributed five assists.

Chelsea get Azpilicueta back

Chelsea get the Spanish back this weekend César Azpilicueta, but will continue without being able to count on the forwards Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

Azpilicueta joins the list of players that Thomas Tuchel recovers, along with N’golo Kanté, Ruben Loftus-Cheek y Andreas Christensen, who missed the League Cup match against Southampton due to minor injuries