N’Golo Kante displayed one of the greatest midfield performance as he was practically everywhere in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.
It was an absolutely vintage Kante display as he sprinted forward, pressed, read the game, was constantly available and did not allow Atletico’s midfielders relax
Diego Simeone must have wondered if there were three of Chelsea’s No 7 out there, as Kante never stopped running from the first minute until the final whistle.
Hakim Ziyech and Emerson scored the goals in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge (which settled the last-16 tie 3-0 on aggregate). But Kante was undoubtedly the game’s man of the match.
Even four minutes into injury time of a game where he’d run his heart out, Kante was the instigator of Chelsea’s final goal.
He won the ball back and fed Christian Pulisic as Chelsea sprung a counterattack. Pulisic eventually found Emerson but – by the time Emerson was through on goal – Kante had rather unbelievably sprinted past Pulisic and was the furthest Chelsea player forward.
This man’s behaves like the engine of a Formula 1 car.
It was fantastic for Chelsea fans to see the 29-year-old back to his very best. Injuries and a couple of Chelsea manager’s moving his position has impacted Kante’s consistency in recent seasons.
However this display for Thomas Tuchel’s sude was a reminder that Kante is in good form. The German manager is now unbeaten in his first 13 games in charge of the club.
The France World Cup winner had 13 ball recoveries – the most of any player on the night – two interceptions and had a hand in both goals. But it was Kante’s thankless closing down that impressed more than anything.
Let it be known: N’Golo Kante is back. And he appears to be playing alongside several identical versions of himself.LIKE AND FOLLOW
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Originally posted 2021-03-18 08:53:17.