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Azpilicueta: Kante is the best midfielder in the world

Sun 30 May 2021 | 9:39

The Chelsea captain pays tribute to his French teammate after their Champions League triumph.

Chelsea

defeated

Manchester City

1-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday. The Blues were not the favorites to win the match, but

Thomas Tuchel

’s team managed to display a solid performance in their last game of the season.

N’Golo Kante

won his third consecutive man of the match award as he pulled off another spectacular performance at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield. In a post-match interview,

Cesar Azpilicueta

praised the French star for his special qualities on the pitch.

"It's straightforward, yes [he is the best in the world],"

Azpilicueta said.

"He does everything. The energy he brings, I don't know how many ball recoveries he had today. The way he drives the ball forward, he covers so much ground.

"It is special to have him. Of course, when we don't have him we miss him. After winning the World Cup and now Champions League, he is still so humble as a person.

"I am so happy for him, he is a massive part of this team and I am very happy to have him next to me for a few years."

Azpilicueta praised his teammates for their group effort in their way to European glory.

"In the dressing room, I know how tough it can be to be left out of the team when we have so much competition in the squad but everyone kept their ego [to one side] and put everything towards the team,"

he added.

"To me, that's the most satisfying thing about tonight. The guys upfront, like Timo, Mason, Kai, Christian when he came on and the work they did for the team was incredible. They stepped up as a group and as a team, we want to build on that and make special things.

"We will celebrate for a few nights, or for the summer for the ones that don't have the Euros, I am sure! But then that's gone, we are part of the history for the second time of Chelsea and we got for the next challenge.”

Having sacked Frank Lampard, Chelsea appointed Thomas Tuchel as their coach in January. The Blues have experienced a great revival of form under the German coach as they finished the Premier League in fourth place in addition to their Champions League title.

Azpilicueta added:

"For me to have this moment is incredible and I have a lot of emotions coming through all through this day. We got over the line and I am very, very happy. To win my first trophy as a captain is special.

"I lost three finals but the fourth one was the right one and the big one so I am really happy. I am pleased because a few months ago a lot of people doubted the quality of the team but we did it."


source: SportMob

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