It’s happening! Mateo Kovačić and Chelsea are absolutely cruising in the young Premiership season with 13/15 points. Kova played the full 90 minutes for Chelsea on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Kovačić received a 7/10 grade as he was “Pulled out of position on a few occasions by Ndombele and struggled to keep up with the Frenchman. Better after the break as he and Jorginho ran the show.” Kova received credit for an assist on Chelsea’s 2nd goal when he fed Kante in the middle of the field who had his shot deflected before it hit off the post and into goal.
Is it time for Ante Rebić and Zlatko Dalić to make up? Rebić scored at Anfield midweek against Liverpool in Champions League and scored again Sunday in a 1-1 draw against Juventus. In the 76th minute, Rebić headed home a corner to chop the points with Juventus, who have yet to win a game in the Serie A this season. With Zlatan hurt, Rebić has picked up the offensive slack for Milan. We know he is passionate and ill-tempered, but when Rebić is focused, he is an incredible asset to any team he plays for. Can Dalić fix the situation for October qualifiers?
We have a Marko Pjaca sighting! The 26 year-old winger scored the lone goal of the game for Torino in a 1-0 win over Sassuolo on Saturday, which was his first for the club. Pjaca came on for Josip Brekalo in the 76th minute and whipped in a low shot inside the right post seven minutes later. Pjaca is on loan from Torino this season and is still owned by Juventus. After two serious knee injuries, can Pjaca make a name for himself in Croatian checkers?
Luka Modrić got the start for Real Madrid on Sunday and played 67 minutes as Los Blancos scored two late goals to stun Valencia 2-1. Modrić had an average game and received a 5/10 grade as he “Did not control the game as we know he can but did have some bright moments before being taken off when Real went 1-0 down.”