Chelsea cruised past Aston Villa with an emphatic 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge which saw Mateo Kovacic scored his first ever Stamford Bridge goal in his fourth season at Chelsea.
Chelsea became the only second club to ever achieve 600 wins in the Premier League with yesterday’s victory against Aston Villa.
Kovacic is a ball-playing central midfielder who thrives on quick combinations. He combines hard work with skill in possession and penetrative passing. He can also play anywhere across the midfield and was named Chelsea Player of the Year for 2019/20.
Kovacic caught the eye from a very early age, and after joining Dinamo Zagreb’s academy as a teenager, it wasn’t long before he had established himself in their first team. He scored on his senior debut aged 16 years and 198 days, becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Croatian top flight in the process.
He got his first taste of elite European football during his two-and-a-half years in Dinamo’s first team, and became the second-youngest player to have ever scored in the Champions League after netting against Lyon at just 17.
Kovacic left Dinamo for Inter Milan in January 2013 having won a pair of league and cup doubles with the Croatian giants. His performances at such a tender age, including in the Champions League, had made him one of the hottest properties in Europe.
After two more seasons at the San Siro, Real Madrid came calling in the summer of 2015 and with the Nerazzurri in financial difficulty, they had little choice but to sell one of their star assets. Kovacic headed to the Spanish capital having made almost 100 appearances in Italy. He had just turned 21.
Chelsea signed the Croatian international on loan from Real Madrid in 2018 and signed him permanently in 2019 on a five years contract.
He made his Blues debut when he came off the bench in an early-season win over Arsenal, the Croatian impressing with his clever use of the ball and technical qualities, before making his first start in our next match away at Newcastle. He quickly became an important member of the three-man midfield favoured by Maurizio Sarri, playing on the left of the trio.
He registered his first ever goal at home on Saturday after assisting Romelu Lukaku with the first goal of the match.
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