Thomas Tuchel has said “it is hard to believe how good he is” after N’Golo Kante inspired Chelsea to a stunning second half display in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Spurs in north London.
The visitors were not at the races in the first half, Spurs helped that cause by giving them no time on the ball at all, but the introduction of the mercurial midfielder at the break completely changed the game on its head.
It appeared that the Blues went to a more rigid 3-5-2 formation but Tuchel insisted post-match that there was no tactical tweak, just that Kante replaced Mason Mount in a like-for-like move and the Blues simply improved vastly as a result.
Kante was returning after a two-game absence having aggravated an old ankle problem in the draw against Liverpool when he was forced off at half time.
He even helped himself to a very rare goal in north London though he did have a bit of help as his speculative effort from just outside the box took a huge ricochet off Spurs defender Eric Dier and wrong-footed Hugo Lloris before trickling over the line via the post.
Thiago Silva had opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half as he thumped home Marcos Alonso’s outswinging corner, Kante doubled the advantage and Antonio Rudiger rounded off the victory with a low strike in injury time.
Tuchel was asked post-match about Kante’s impact on proceedings and said: “If you have N’Golo you have something everybody is looking for.
“He is a top player.
“If you have N’Golo, you have something everyone is looking for. You have everything that you need in midfield with work rate, intensity, ball wins, skilful play, off the ball, with the ball, dribbling and even a goal. I see this every day in training and it is hard to believe how good he is.
“He doesn’t make a fault in ball wins. He plays excellent in every possession game in training. He is a unique guy. There’s no more words needed from me. We have a strong midfield together with Jorgy and Kova in the second half. N’Golo is N’Golo. He is fantastic.
“[in the first half] We relied too much on skilful play and I felt we bought the wrong attitude to this game. Thiago and Kepa were at a high level but as a team we wasted chances, very sloppy with ball possession, every 50-50 duel went against us.
“So this had to change and if you have N’Golo on the bench, you want to step up these patters of the game then he is the best player to bring.”
Source by Football London