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Henry rates Chelsea star Kante’s most special ability

Thierry Henry, N’Golo Kante
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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has opened up on what he admires about Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.


Thierry Henry is a huge fan of N’Golo Kante’s and rates the Chelsea star’s ability to read the game as almost unrivaled.

Praise has been almost never-ending for Kante. The 30-year-old is being tipped for a first Ballon d’Or prize after helping Chelsea win the Champions League last month in brilliant fashion. Winning the European Championship with France this summer will only strengthen his claim.


And now Henry, who finished runner-up in the 2003 Ballon d’Or and third in the 2006 rankings, gave his take on Kante.

“Listen, you notice certain guys because they score and grab the headlines,” the Arsenal legend told Rio Ferdinand’s Presents FIVE YouTube channel.

“But I rarely see a player who arrives before you ball. Like, he already knows the ball is going to land there. Sometimes he arrives before the ball and I’m like, “how does he do that?!”


“He reads the game to be able to intercept the ball without fouling or tackling most of the time. He arrives at the same time as the ball, sometimes earlier.

“The amount of times he turns a counter-attack for his opponent to a counter-attack for his team… You are building and suddenly he gets the ball and you’re in trouble. So many times!”

Henry added on Kante: “So many times you see him getting the ball back and soon after it’s a goal for Chelsea.


“The capacity he has to read the game and see where the ball is going, sometimes he gets there before the ball!

“It’s not guessing. When they say a striker smells the goal, it’s the same with Kante. He knows exactly where the ball is going and he can read the pass and the pattern of play.”