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Mateo Kovacic has proven to be a good signing since moving to Chelsea from Real Madrid on a season long loan deal.

The Croatian has played a key role in Maurizio Sarri’s time that is unbeaten this season, and Kovacic has admitted that there is no pressure on the team.

Kovacic said: “We are still unbeaten but we need to look forward because we are not first in the league.

“So we need to look ahead to get as many points as possible.

“There’s no pressure on us being unbeaten. Why would there be?

“We like to play football and we are enjoying every moment, every training session, so it’s just joy, not pressure.”

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has complained about the squad being too large, but Kovacic has hinted that the whole team will be needed.

He added: “We are footballers but we are 25 players so we need to support each other.

“One day I play then the next day Ross Barkley, then Ruben, we have a lot of players – N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, Jorginho, so a lot of quality in the midfield.”

Speaking ahead of the clash against Burnley, Kovacic admitted that the game will be a tough one.

Kovacic said: “I’ve not been here a long time but I know Burnley will be a tough game, like every team in England.

“They had a very good season last season, they are a good team – we need to play our game and be prepared.

“Every game is a new opportunity to show yourselves so they will give their best to forget that game against Manchester City.”

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