During a recent press conference, Thomas Tuchel gave his two cents on N’Golo Kante’s Chelsea future. Will he stay or leave?
Thomas Tuchel has been N’Golo Kante’s admirer for many years, ever since the French midfielder won the Premier League with Leicester City. During his time as PSG’s coach, the German manager attempted to sign the short player on several occasions with no success. Today, he can finally rest easy because he has one of the best defensive midfielders in the world under his command. This is a major step in the right direction for Kante after going through two managers who didn’t value his skills as he deserves.
When Maurizio Sarri coached the Blues, Kante was moved to a more offensive position in order to give Jorginho his place. Frank Lampard kept him mostly on the bench during this time period. But Tuchel is changing this tendency because he wants K’Golo to excel at his ideal position. The German manager is thrilled to get this chance to coach the Frenchman.
Tuchel’s analysis on Kante.
“I think N’Golo fits into any manager’s plans on the planet,” Tuchel said on Chelsea’s website. “I was desperate to have him in my teams [in the past]. He is a big Chelsea player and one of the best midfielders in the world. So I am so lucky to have him in my squad and that he is back again. If you look at his performances coming back from injury, we put him on the pitch against Tottenham with no minutes. That was really difficult but he helped everybody on the pitch with his support, mentality, and quality, which is what he does.
“If you see the step he took in training between the Tottenham match and Sheffield United, the 30 minutes he played [against Sheffield United] was a huge performance. We switched to a three in the midfield and this helped us escape the pressure and be in control of the game again. I am very, very impressed. We’ve known him for many years very well because we’ve come from a French club. We were very impressed from the television but to see him live, to see how he works, how humble he is, the quality he gives to the team, it’s a gift to be his coach. I am so happy.”