Mateo Kovacic sends message to Chelsea team-mates over the rest of the season

Kovacic sent a message to his team-mates (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Mateo Kovacic wants his Chelsea team-mates to keep the ‘same approach’ under Thomas Tuchel as they make a final push to finish in the top-four.

Kovacic admitted he was ‘worried’ that the Blues would fail to achieve their minimum goal of qualifying for the Champions League after a disappointing stint under former manager Frank Lampard.

But Chelsea have been unbeaten since Tuchel replaced him in January and have returned to the top-four, while also remaining in contention in the FA Cup and Champions League.

Kovacic, 26, is hopeful that his side will now avoid the ‘bad season’ he feared earlier this year but insists he and his team-mates must ‘keep going’ at the same pace if they are to succeed.

‘The new manager has come in, with clear ideas of what he wants and the team responded very, very well to all that he asked of us in how he wants to play,’ Kovacic told Chelsea’s offical website.

‘I think we are doing very well, but the most important thing is to keep going, winning games, and to be as high as possible in the Premier League this year.

Tuchel has turned things around at Chelsea (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘Obviously, a team like Chelsea wants either to win or be in the top four, which is important.

‘In football, if you approach the games and train well, everything can change in one or two weeks, and that’s what happened.

‘We were 10th and I was really a little bit worried as well because, to be in that position and to not reach the top four, would be a bad, bad season for us.

‘But now we have come back, and we need to have the same approach as we did before – train good, approach every game well and I hope it will end well for us this season.’

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