Graham Potter says that the 28-year-old shouldn’t have played as much as he did in Manchester United’s draw.
Graham Potter, the manager of Chelsea, said that Mateo Kovacic’s knee injury has forced him to use him as much as he has in recent games.
Kovacic came on in the 36th minute of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, and it’s safe to say that he had a big effect on the game.
Even Bruno Fernandes agreed that Manchester United had some trouble in the middle of the field after the Croatian international came on and Chelsea changed their shape.
Potter said that he thought the team was outnumbered in the middle, which led to the early sub, but he is still worried about how often Kovacic has played.
“He [Kovacic] has been taking care of his knee pretty much the whole season, and if you look at the schedule, it’s Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday—impossible it’s for him to start all the games,” Potter said in his press conference after the game (via Football London).
We wanted him to be on the field for less time than he has been, but things have worked out that way.
“We all know how good he is, but we also need to understand what’s going on with the player.”
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In Chelsea’s last four games, Kovacic played for more than 45 minutes, and he has played in seven of the eight games Potter has coached.
In Wednesday’s tie with Brentford, Conor Gallagher was feeling sick on the field, so he had to come on early and save the day again.
The fact that N’Golo Kante has been out with an injury hasn’t helped, and Potter doesn’t seem to trust Denis Zakaria yet.
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