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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