Ian Wright has named Matteo Kovacic as Chelsea’s standout player of the season.
Frank Lampard led the Blues to a 2-1 victory over Tottenham to move four points clear in the top four spot.
Kovacic was once again instrumental in midfield, carrying the ball out of tight spaces and setting up the team’s attack. Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso’s strikes ended up being the difference maker between the two sides.
Speaking after the game at Stamford Bridge, BBC pundit and former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright said, “Giroud had a very good game. I have to give a special mention to Kovacic as well because I think he’s been Chelsea’s player of the season so far.”
Wright added, “But what Jose Mourinho has said that he hasn’t got, in respects to a striker, people wanting to get forward and supporting, Chelsea had that today and they had it in abundance. Giroud, when the ball is going up to him, you know it’s going to stick.
“Chelsea’s problem for me is that they’ve been doing a lot of sideways passing, making defenders have to think, that’s what they weren’t doing but now they’ve got people that want to run off the ball. Once it went up to Giroud, they knew something was going to happen. Frank is rightly absolutely delighted because they haven’t been putting games away but they did today.”
Many fans would agree with Wright’s observation on Chelsea’s attacking strategy. However, while they have been poor in recent times, Lampard has managed to give a team a direction that is clearly wafting off this Blues side.