Chelsea did not have the best of games against Hull City in the FA Cup tonight, understandable given the rotated nature of the side that Frank Lampard put out.
But one player who started today despite also featuring against Arsenal on Tuesday was Mateo Kovacic. The Croatian midfielder was absolute class in the middle of the park, passing and moving and tackling like a real world class centre mid.
He set up the Blues first goal after 5 minutes with a gorgeous raking pass out to the right flank, and he didn’t look back from there. Fans on social media were suitably impressed, with one in particular pointing out that he “starts for every team in the league.”
You know what, that’s not much of an exaggeration. When he’s playing like this, everyone would love him in their XI.
You can see a collection of the utterly glowing praise embedded below:
Kovacic is still playing so well in this half. Wonderful tackle gives Willian the ball who plays in Pedro. Pedro just wide with the shot. He is now on the other wing with Willian maybe better at tracking back to help Alonso #CFC #HULCHE
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 25, 2020
Kovacic, playing deep tonight, is bossing it out on the pitch with every pass and turn coming off with perfection. pic.twitter.com/qinNaeti4I
— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) January 25, 2020
Bar Kovacic, if someone told you this was a good old mid table championship scrap you’d have no trouble believing them.
— Sana (@Arrizabaelaga) January 25, 2020
Kovacic was everywhere that first half 💪#HULCHE pic.twitter.com/MAuw4n5iIO
— Chelsea FC USA (@ChelseaFCinUSA) January 25, 2020
Tbvvh Kovacic should be the undisputed starter for us
— Arnav Arora (@arnav20_cfc) January 25, 2020
Kovacic is mad disrespected by other fan bases. He literally starts for every team in the league
— Lew (@CFCLew_) January 25, 2020
Mateo Kovacic is easily one of the most enjoyable players to watch in world football.
He’s press resistant beyond…