Mateo Kovacic recently spoke with BT Sport following a terrific outing and a stellar goal.
The game was in Salzburg, the city where he was raised, so he said it was a significant occasion for him. In the throng were his parents and friends.
It wouldn’t be crazy to claim that might have made a difference in his situation. He may have typically passed, but given the circumstances, he chose to shoot.
He doesn’t score much, but when he does, it usually results in a significant and stunning goal. We ought to invite his parents to visit each week.
You can see his interview in the clip embedded here, with these quotes coming after one minute: