Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea fans call for Kovacic over Barkley following BATE win

Supporters of Chelsea have take to social media in numbers this evening to call for Mateo Kovacic to be handed a consistent starting-berth over Ross Barkley.

BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea

The Blues travelled to Belarus for a tricky Europa League clash with BATE Borisov a short time ago, with Sarri’s men having headed into proceedings aware that a win would guarantee their place in the next round of the competition.

Chelsea toiled for much of the 90 minutes, though, with the hosts having rattled the woodwork 3 times and missed a couple of gilt-edged chances.

In the end, though, one goal proved enough for the London giants, with Olivier Giroud’s 52nd-minute header having sent Chelsea into the Europa League’s last-32 with 2 games to spare:

Kovacic > Barkley

However, as previously mentioned, while it was a positive night in terms of result for Chelsea, the performance of the capital outfit left a lot to be desired.

A number of the Blues’ stars looked well below-par over the course of the 90 minutes at the Borisov Arena, with many of Chelsea’s fans having been particularly disappointed with midfielders Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

As such, with Barkley having been handed a starting berth at the expense of Mateo Kovacic on a number of occasions of late, sections of the Blues’ faithful have tonight taken to Twitter to urge the latter to be reinstated to the club’s starting XI week-in, week-out:

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