Chelsea player admits he wasn’t sharp against Aston Villa

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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic returned to action last week after a lengthy absence to come off the bench in the win over Leicester and was back in the Chelsea starting line-up at Aston Villa yesterday.

Kovacic admits he wasn’t sharp during the 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday.

“It’s not easy to come back after more than one month, but I feel good,” Kovacic said.

“I felt good in training and against Leicester, yesterday maybe I missed a little bit of sharpness, had a little bit of tiredness, but I think it’s normal.

“It was a tough season, a long season, it’s coming to an end and we feel a little bit tired, but we need to rest well today and tomorrow and be prepared for a big game, because it’s the biggest game in European football and we will be ready for that, for sure.”

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