Thomas Tuchel hails Mateo Kovacic, the Chelsea Boss says he ‘loves’ Mateo Kovacic and claims the Chelsea
the midfielder is ‘super reliable’.
Thomas Tuchel has already determined that midfielder Mateo Kovacic will be one of his favorite players at ‘
Chelsea. After Kovacic picked apart Newcastle in a 2-0 win on Monday, the manager heaped appreciation on
a player who at 26 already possesses a wealth of big-game experience with stops at Inter and Real Madrid
before joining the Blues.
The Croatian’s work-rate has made a particularly significant impression on his new boss.
I love him, it’s very easy, I love him,’ Tuchel told Chelsea TV. ‘You can wake the guy up at 3 am and he would
be at Cobham [Chelsea’s training ground] at 3.15 am and ready to give everything, ready to listen and ready to
play with full energy. You need to calm the guy down in training, [make sure] that he’s not doing too much.
‘He’s super reliable, totally open, yeah, it’s a pleasure to have him.’Tuchel also urged his Chelsea players
to keep their focus after the win over Newcastle United put them into fourth spot in the Premier League.
‘Yeah, we have the momentum but it’s hard to create momentum but it’s hard to create momentum,’
said the Chelsea manager.
‘We should never forget how much work is needed to have consistency in results, to have consistency
in away games, home games, cup competitions. ‘We can never lose the understanding of how hard it is and
how hard we worked for that.
We mustn’t give in one centimeter, one percent of the intensity and determination.
‘Now it’s two days off it’s also necessary to recover mentally and physically.
From Thursday on we need full focus. It’s not the end here. I’m sure nobody will behave like this and
we will make it absolutely clear it’s not the finish line, there’s a lot of games to play, we cannot have the
feeling that we’re already there. We’re in a good way, it’s well deserved, it’s hard work and we have to keep