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.
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.
Mateo Kovacic has taken number 8 of the squad to #CFC this season. Take what you want from that regarding Ross Barkley’s future at the club, who was the previous occupant of jersey number eight. pic.twitter.com/KXBwo063Da
– Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) August 13, 2021
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