What Mateo Kovacic said on Dinamo Zagreb, fitness, Gvardiol interest and Aubameyang ahead of Champions League

What Mateo Kovacic said on Dinamo Zagreb, fitness, Gvardiol interest and Aubameyang ahead of Champions League

Mateo Kovacic addressed the media forward of Chelsea’s Champions League opener with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

The Croatian is returning to his former membership, breaking into the Dinamo Zagreb workforce from their academy in 2010.

After a 3 yr spell on the Croatian aspect, Kovacic departed for Inter Milan earlier than making the transfer to Real Madrid, after which Chelsea.

The midfielder has spent a spell on the sideline to date this seasons for Chelsea however may very well be handed a begin by Thomas Tuchel as he travels to acquainted territory.

Mateo Kovacic is a product of Dinamo Zagreb’s youth academy. (Alamy)

The head coach beforehand nicknamed Chelsea’s group because the Kovacic group, with Chelsea additionally going through AC Milan, a metropolis Kovacic is aware of.

Tuchel joked: “I believe we have to be quick with away tickets as a result of the household of Mateo Kovacic is shopping for all that now we have as a result of it’s in Austria, Croatia and his former metropolis when he performed for Inter and we’re taking part in AC. 

“I believe he’s shopping for all of the tickets which might be accessible so that is the place the main focus is for our gamers to get tickets for household and buddies!”

Fittingly, Kovacic was chosen for media duties forward of Tuesday’s match and here’s what he stated.

“It’s very nice to be right here. It is a very good feeling to be in Zagreb, see the folks I have not seen in a very long time. I’ve solely now realised how a lot of a very long time it has been. I’m trying ahead to the match tomorrow in a full stadium. I’m a Dinamo fan.

“I’ve very many household and buddies coming right here however I’ve been in a position to get tickets for them.”

“I’m getting higher. I had some issues with my knee after nationwide workforce and in pre-season. Was a tricky pre-season for me. I’ve recovered and am getting higher day-to-day. I must get my sharpness and health again however video games and coaching are there for it so I’m trying ahead to being higher day by day.”

“They requested me about Josko and I had solely the very best opinion of him. Josko is a fine quality participant and folks from Chelsea know that.”

On Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

“I haven’t seen it but in coaching as a result of he educated yesterday with the workforce. He is a superb participant as we all know. He’s scored objectives all over the place. We are trying ahead to having him within the squad. He will likely be an enormous addition to Chelsea.”

On whether or not Aubameyang is the participant Chelsea have missed 

“It’s a tough query. I can say that it is going to be an enormous addition to us. He’s a correct striker and purpose scorer, which we miss within the final years. We haven’t had a goalscorer that scores 20 or 25 objectives a season which it’s essential to clearly win the title. We are trying ahead to having him in our squad, he will likely be an enormous addition that’s for certain. He’s a confirmed goalscorer. For him that’s regular to attain objectives. I hope he’ll do it right here at Chelsea.”


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