‘The two goals killed us’ — Kovacic admits Chelsea really wanted to beat Liverpool

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Chelsea came from behind to play a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

It was a thrilling game with lots of individual brilliance and magnificent football, and at the end, the points were shared.

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic had a good game, and his stunning goal late in the first half sparked a comeback for the Blues.

Speaking after the game, the Croatian admitted he was pleased with his goal and the team’s comeback, but also admitted that the team really wanted to beat Liverpool at the Bridge, but the two early goals conceded was a major stumbling block.

“We were in a difficult moment because we were 2-0 down. We started the game quite well, then conceded two goals and it was difficult to come back. I had the luck that the ball came to me and I just shot,” he said.

“When I saw that it was going in, it was a beautiful goal, but I think we were growing with the momentum and we scored the second goal. I think we could have done even more but we should be happy with that point because it was tough to come back.’

“We are happy with the comeback and the team spirit we showed, but not happy with the two points dropped because we obviously wanted to win this game, but it was difficult to come back after we conceded two goals like that. They should not happen at this level, but it happened to us today and we came back amazing.

“For me it’s always two points dropped because we always want to win and we wanted to earn the three points to get closer to City. But we showed great character, we came back and that’s what it is about. It showed our great team spirit.

“We started the game very good and we had a good chance with Christian, we didn’t score it, then we conceded two goals which we should not concede. It was difficult because we conceded one, we conceded a second, and then when you make mistakes because you are 2-0 down they have chances on the counter-attack.

“We knew that we needed to be more focused, which we actually were in the first 15 or 20 minutes. The two goals killed us, but it happened and we showed great team spirit to come back, we scored two good goals and we had a very good second half, just allowing some chances against us we should not.

“We had many chances, but also they had good chances, so it was a great game of football. I’m glad we showed such a great team spirit. We should be happy with our good performance overall and we should continue to play like that.”

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