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Mateo Kovacic handed over Chelsea’s number 8 jersey for next season


Mateo Kovacic assumes the iconic new number of the Chelsea squad

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic received a new jersey number for the 2021/22 campaign, it has been confirmed.

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Of course, Thomas Tuchel’s men are ready to start their national season in less than 24 hours.

After clinching two trophies in less than three months thanks to the penalty shoot-out that defeated Villarreal in the European Super Cup on Wednesday, the Blues will now turn their attention to Premier League matters.

A derby with Crystal Palace is booked at Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea are hoping for an improvement to a 4th place in the league last time out.

Palace, however, will not prove to be easy, as the Eagles have restructured in major ways this summer, replacing Roy Hodgson with former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, before luring everyone Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen and Michael Olise to London too.

Mateo Kovacic assumes the iconic new number of the Chelsea squad

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March 8

With N’Golo Kante having collected a midweek fitness issue, and Jorginho still regains full fitness after Italy’s win at Euro 2020, one of those expected to appear from Chelsea’s start on Saturday afternoon will of course be , Mateo Kovacic.

The Croatian has just come off an impressive season last time, in which he took part in 27 of the Blues’ Premier League matches and 10 more in the Champions League, excelling in an action role in the middle of the park. .

And, as described above, before the new season begins on Friday, Kovacic has been rewarded for his excellent form.

This comes in the form of a jersey number change, with the former Real Madrid player promoted from 17 to 8, of course Frank Lampard made him so famous.

It remains to be seen what this decision means for the future of Ross Barkley, Chelsea’s former No.8.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Leeds United 0 0 0
2 Manchester city 0 0 0
3 United manchester 0 0 0
4 West Ham United 0 0 0
5 Everton FC 0 0 0
6 Southampton FC 0 0 0
7 Chelsea Football Club 0 0 0
8 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
9 Newcastle united 0 0 0
10 Leicester City 0 0 0
eleven Liverpool FC 0 0 0
12 Aston Villa 0 0 0
13 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
fifteen crystal Palace 0 0 0
sixteen Norwich city 0 0 0
17 Watford FC 0 0 0
18 FC Burnley 0 0 0
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 0 0
twenty Brentford fc 0 0 0




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