The return of Mateo Kovacic to the Chelsea team is huge’, says boss Thomas Tuchel as he hailed the Croatian’s power and influence ahead of the FA cup final
The blues are hoping to scoop their first silver ware of the season as they face off leicester city at Wembley, and Tuchel will be boosted by the return of the Croatian to full fitness.
The Croatian has not played since the 4-1 win over crystal palace on April 10 after picking up a hamstring injury- being forced to sit out of crucial games against Porto and Real Madrid in the champions league, as well as Manchester city in the FA cup semi-finals.
Tuchel’s men rallied in his absence to reach both finals, he said it was crucial to have Kovacic back available with his side just one win from a trophy- calling him a big guy in the dressing room.
It’s huge because Mateo has everything we need in the midfield said Tuchel. ‘Experience, power, he can beat players, he has physical ability and has played big games in the premier league.
‘When we missed Kante and Mateo we lacked a lot of quality and energy and experience. Billy (Gilmour) did a huge job in big games but it’s not fair to compare him to these players because they have more experience and are a step ahead in their development.
It’s big News that Kovacic is back because he’s a big guy in the dressing room.
Kovacic has started 20 games in the EPL this season, laying one assist, and proving to be a favorite of Tuchel. He has played 17 games under the German since he took over from Lampard in January.
Chelsea will face leicester city at Wembley, an FA cup final and Champions League final in Portugal against Manchester city.