UCL: I admire him – Kovacic reveals Real Madrid star he’ll like to have in Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, has identified Luka Modric as the Real Madrid player he would like to have in the Blues squad.

Kovacic said he admired Modric, adding that the midfielder is an amazing player.

He said this on Monday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final second leg tie with Real Madrid on Tuesday.


Kovacic and Modric are both international teammates with Croatia national team.

“It’s quite difficult to stop [Luka Modric],” Kovacic said.

“He is an amazing player. I admired him when I was a child when he played for my favourite club, Dinamo Zagreb.

“He has always been as good as he is now. As long as I have known him, he has remained on the same level, which is amazing. He loves football so much. He is a professional. If he keeps going like this, I see him playing for [another] three or four years.

“It was nice and difficult to play against him, but it is never nice when you are losing. I always prefer to have him on my team. This moment we are against each other, and we are ready to show our best tomorrow to try to go through.”

Champions League: Tuchel reveals Real Madrid’s advantage over Chelsea ahead of second leg

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said Real Madrid have a physical edge over his men.

The Blues have played 22 matches already in 2022, while their LaLiga rivals have played 20.

Also, LaLiga allows five substitutions per game, but the Premier League only approved the rule for next season and currently allow three.

“First of all, we wanted it more physical but we need not work hard or intense enough in the first match.

“Second of all, we face a huge disadvantage in terms of physicality because Real Madrid has a whole year with five changes and we play the most demanding league, we play the most matches throughout the season and throughout 2022 so it is not always easy to play a physical game.

“We are a team that needs the physicality, the sharpness, the commitment and the investment to be a special team,” Tuchel said.

Chelsea travel to the Bernabeu with a 3-1 deficit to overturn, if they must make it to the Champions League semi-final.

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