Pep Guardiola demonstrates the parental role of his midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the team

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, recently expressed his admiration for Mateo Kovacic this season. With City eyeing their fourth consecutive Premier League title, Guardiola highlighted Kovacic’s significant contribution to the team’s success. Having joined Manchester City from Chelsea for £30 million last summer, Kovacic swiftly established himself as a key player in Guardiola’s squad. Guardiola commended Kovacic’s adaptability to City’s playing style, emphasizing his pivotal role in recent crucial matches.

Pep Guardiola on Mateo Kovacic

Speaking before the game against Fulham, Pep was asked about the impact of the Croatian on the team. To which, he replied,

“He played really, really, really well. When he plays, because we play in a certain we, he was really good. His contribution, especially in the last games was massively important, he changed the games. In that terms, he’s really, really good.”

Throughout the season, Kovacic featured prominently, appearing in 42 games across various competitions, with 27 starts. Despite his defensive midfield role, Kovacic managed to contribute three goals and one assist to City’s campaign. Notably, Kovacic’s passing accuracy has been exceptional, boasting a remarkable 93.7% completion rate out of 1350 attempted passes in the Premier League. This achievement places him among the league’s top performers in terms of passing accuracy, trailing only Thiago Silva and Micky van de Ven.

The Spaniard’s trust in Kovacic is evident, as the midfielder completed full 90-minute appearances in three of City’s recent four Premier League matches. This highlights Kovacic’s significance during the crucial stage of the title race. Should Kovacic continue to play a pivotal role in City’s remaining league fixtures and contribute to securing the title, his debut season at Manchester City will undoubtedly be deemed a success.

In conclusion, Guardiola’s praise for Kovacic underscores the midfielder’s vital role in Manchester City’s pursuit of another Premier League triumph, reaffirming his value to the team’s success.

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