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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic was on the receiving end of some good banter from his Chelsea team-mates after the 1-0 win over Newcastle.
Kovacic was a 43rd minute substitute as he came on to replace the injured Ross Barkley, and the Croatian had a good game in midfield and played a key role to help Chelsea get the win.
Kovacic received some hilarious jabs from his Chelsea team-mates who teased him on social media after he celebrated the Blues’ fifth consecutive win via his Instagram post.
“Number 5 in a row,” he wrote followed by a muscle-flexing emoji.
“Hard work always gets you there. Let’s go Blues @ChelseaFC,” accompanied by a blue heart emoji.
Chelsea Brazilian stars Jorginho, Willian and Emerson Palmieiri all posted the same comment to make fun of Kovacic.
“Cabeca de j…,” they all wrote, with plenty of laughing/crying emojis.
“Cabeça de jaca” is Portuguese and means “head of a jackfruit” in English. This implies that the Chelsea players make fun of Kovacic’s head.
“So Kovacic is basically known as fat head lol,” commented one Chelsea fan after the revelation.
Speaking to the media after the match, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was pleased with the result and was particularly pleased with Mateo Kovacic who came on as a substitute for the injured Ross Barkley.
The Chelsea boss said: “First of all, I’ve got to give credit to Newcastle. You can see why they have got results this year.
“In the first half we were a little safe and slow… there was not enough urgency or risk. That was the message at half-time.
“We saw the spirit and energy of the team in the second half. We just need to keep picking up the wins and take nothing for granted.
“We had a problem in the game, but solved it. Kovacic was outstandinge. I am pleased, we have to play like that. We got our way in the end.”