🇭🇷 Mateo Kovacic so far this season for Chelsea:
5 Games (4 starts)
74 Touches p/g
91% Pass Accuracy
2.4 Tackles p/g
Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Chelsea | Premier League
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Chelsea moved up to top of the Premier League table on alphabetical order (the same goal difference as Liverpool) with a superb performance away at Tottenham – three goals, three points, another clean sheet, and setting a club record for a sixth consecutive away victory against Spurs.
The first half was extremely scrappy, both teams struggling to get a foothold in the game. After Thomas Tuchel replaced Mason Mount with N’golo Kante at half-time, and Chelsea switched to a 3-5-2, the Blues truly took control of the game – Thiago Silva scoring a brilliant header soon after the interval.
Substitute Kante added a second with a heavy deflection, although Chelsea deserved the luck with their second-half performance – energetic, ambitious, driven, and disciplined. Rudiger, who had a fine game along with the other centre-backs, slotted home a third, although Chelsea could’ve scored four or five in all honesty.
The return of N’golo Kante is a huge positive for the Blues, especially with the likes of Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell and Reece James set to reenter the side. Chelsea fans have various reasons to be delighted at the moment – conceding zero non-penalty goals in the league, and scoring 12. A title challenge may be premature to mention at this stage, although it has been a near-perfect opening to the 2021/22 league campaign.
Kovacic has arguably been one of Chelsea’s best players so far this season, and the Croatian also made his fourth league start of the season in the ‘Jovacic’ pivot. With the game very scrappy in the first half, Kovacic was unable to fully impact the game with his dribbling, playing 24 of 27 attempted passes. Kovacic assisted his third goal of the season by setting-up Kante, giving Chelsea breathing space in the second-half, and was energetic in midfield throughout the game.