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'It is fantastic to have him' Tuchel praises Kante

Thu 18 March 2021 | 8:12

The Blues boss is delighted with the French midfielder’s performance in their Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea

defeated

Atletico Madrid

2-0 in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday. Two goals from

Hakim Ziyech

and

Emerson Palmieri

sealed the victory for

Thomas Tuchel

’s team as they reached the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win on aggregate. In a post-match interview, the German coach has praised

N'Golo Kante

and

Mateo Kovacic

for their solid performances in the team’s midfield.

"I never know the age of my players just from performance. If you play with him, you play with half a man more because he gives intensity and volume that is outstanding and is unique,"

Tuchel said about the France international.

"It is a pleasure to coach him, a big gift for me, such a big helper on the pitch; and don't underestimate his quality in using [the ball], escaping the pressure.

"He can improve with the ball, but it is fantastic to have him. Kova [Mateo Kovacic] and him needed to step up today and the two knew they could be relied upon, they took all the weight on their shoulders and did a fantastic job."

Chelsea have been undefeated under Thomas Tuchel since he started his job at Stamford Bridge in January. The Blues are now on a 13-match undefeated run as they have climbed their way up to fourth place on the Premier League table.

"From the very first moment, I felt part of a family and a well structured club that thinks every three days about what is needed to win games,"

Tuchel added.

"Everybody in this club thinks about football and from the first day the support was amazing. I feel part of it. A true part. I feel like part of the team also."

Chelsea will play against Sheffield United in their next league match on Sunday.


source: SportMob