Chelsea had a difficult game against Crystal Palace during the weekend, but the Blues eventually won the game 3-1.
Chelsea had gone up 1-0 through Alvaro Morata, but Palace equalised via Andros Townsend, and the game took a different turn. But the introduction of Eden Hazard and Mateo Kovacic turned the game around for Chelsea, but mostly Hazard has been hailed for his impact in that game.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has now hailed Kovacic and believes the loan midfielder from Real Madrid made a huge impact on the game.
He wrote in his column on the official Chelsea website: “Eden came on and everything changed, but was it all down to him? I personally felt the impact of Mateo Kovacic was at least as important to how we played and vitally, where we played the game.
“The discussions and indeed the answers around the Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kovacic conundrum are not simple or indeed obvious. It has been a joy to watch the two Englishmen have such a marked impact over the past few weeks. They have scored goals and created a few too, maybe even more than Kovacic, but that should not hide the effect he has on the team.
“When he came on along with Eden the play seemed to quicken up markedly. The understanding and the impact he has when he is alongside Jorginho is quite incredible, without always being ‘hit you in the face’ obvious. Jorginho seems to grow as well and Sarri-ball becomes slicker and more inventive. It also seems to move the ball quicker up the field much to the concern of opponents.
“The two of them weren’t on the field together for that long but in that period we scored two goals and utterly dominated possession. We also looked more likely to create further chances than we had before.”