Chelsea loanee Mateo Kovacic has admitted to watching videos of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes to help him improve his game and prepare for life in the English top flight.
Kovacic joined the Blues on a season-long loan from Real Madrid this summer and has already featured five times for the Premier League club.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Croatian star said: "
"He was amazing. I still enjoy watching his videos on YouTube.
I love watching Mateo Kovacic move the ball forward. He's like a machine perfectly engineered for the purpose.— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) September 23, 2018
“He had everything, he was the modern midfielder — scoring goals, defending well, tackling.
"I don’t copy anybody but I do like to watch Scholes.
Really glad to see that Kovacic is starting this afternoon. He was fantastic when he started last time out before he came off. Giroud starting is the better option, his link up with Hazard is unreal.— Mod (@CFCMod_) September 23, 2018
Great lineup overall.
Kovacic said: “That is the problem in my career, I have not scored enough — and it’s something I need to improve on.”
Despite his lack of goals, the
Kovacic was also part of the Croatia team that reached the World Cup final this summer, losing to France in the end.