Kovacic: Chelsea need to improve a lot

Kovacic: Chelsea need to improve a lot

Mateo Kovacic admits that Chelsea need to “improve a lot” as they continue to make life difficult for themselves in the final third of the field.

The Croatia international midfielder told the Blues’ official website on the back of a battling victory over the Tigers: “It was a tough game, as we knew that it would be, but we need to score in the first half two more goals.

“That’s our problem in this moment but obviously we’re happy to go through.

“It was tough because we didn’t score on time - we had some chances and we didn’t use them.

“In training, we are working on it but we are still a young team, a new team, and we need to improve a lot.

“We need to take our chances, which in this moment we are not doing great, but we have time to improve and I am sure we will do.”

Kovacic contributed towards Chelsea being left hanging on at Hull.

The 25-year-old saw a late free-kick from Kamil Grosicki flick off him and into the back of the net, just as Lampard’s men were looking to ease their way over the line.

He concedes that he made a “mistake”, with the Blues’ two-goal advantage cut in half with 12 minutes remaining.

Chelsea eventually saw things out, and may now have to go through Liverpool in round five, but Kovacic believes they can build momentum and go all the way in England’s oldest cup competition.

He added: “They scored a goal from a free-kick, which was my mistake.

“I did a little bit of a strange jump and the ball touched me. Sometimes that can happen but the most important thing is we got the win and we are through.

“The FA Cup is a great competition and we want to win it.” Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook

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