Midfield general! See how Kovacic made Atletico Madrid midfielders look ordinary

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Mateo Kovacic has been a standout player this season under Thomas Tuchel, and the Croatian international had a massive game in the 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

Sitting beside N’Golo Kante, the midfield duo dominated the middle of the park and their performance was just too good to be true.

Kovacic completed 92 per cent of his attempted passes, and was also brilliant with his dribbling as he had five successful take-ons. His dribbling ability drew two fouls and he had 89 touches on the ball.

Kovacic had a hundred percent long ball accuracy and 5 final ball entries. His work rate was very visible as he won 10 duels.

One would wonder which midfield combination works best for Chelsea, as Thomas has to choose between the trio of Kovacic, Kante and Jorginho for each game.

N’Golo Kante was the man of the match against Atletico, and his influence in the middle of the park was top notch. The Frenchman and Kovacic complemented each other brilliantly, and Tuchel will be left wondering his best midfield combination, when you also consider how brilliant Jorginho has been.

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