Timo Werner says Kovacic is helping him to settle at Chelsea along with Rudiger.

Werner says Kovacic is helping him to settle at Chelsea along with Rudiger.

An added benefit of having a very talented footballer who also happens to speak five languages

As he watched a brilliant Bayern Munich subject his Chelsea team to their heaviest-ever home European defeat in February,
Frank Lampard saw only one player in blue worthy of publicly singling out for praise. “I think there were a couple of performances in our team — namely Mateo Kovacic — who played with a personality and a quality that makes you go, ‘OK, he can play in virtually any team at that level’,” he said afterward.

In a match that saw Chelsea held to just a 36.7 per cent share of possession, their lowest of the season, Kovacic touched the ball more times (76) than anyone else in his team.

Even more eye-catching was his tally of completed dribbles — eight of nine attempted, more even than Bayern’s roadrunner of a left-back Alphonso Davies. Several of them single-handedly broke a Bayern press that otherwise smothered the home side into oblivion.

Kovacic was the only one of Lampard’s players who panicked…

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