Tuchel praises Kante as they prepare for their UCL clash

Tue 04 May 2021 | 17:49

Chelsea’s boss has talked about the importance of Kante in the Blue’s squad.

Thomas Tuchel

has praised


, who was named the man of the match in the


’ draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

N’Golo Kante has been playing a key role in the absence of Mateo Kovacic, taking a lot of responsibilities in the Blue’s midfield.

These high-level performances have made Tuchel praise the France international’s character on and off the pitch before their second leg against Real Madrid.

"He needs to accept that will cuddle him, I do this a lot,"

Tuchel began in his preview for the Champions League.

"He is a nice guy, almost a shy person. He is quiet, he likes his own quality time and he is not loud.

"I see him smile a lot, I see him interact with everybody but on his own terms, very shy and polite but I am so happy that players like him exist. It is a pleasure to watch.

"What he is doing with his mentality, a real helper always gives everything to help anybody on the pitch as such a nice, humble and quiet guy. He is the guy you need to win trophies. That is why I am so, so happy that he is here.

"I have dreamed about this player, fighting for this player at any club I was coaching at and now he is my player. He has won many trophies except for the Champions League. I am sure he will be doing everything to get this trophy.

"For me, he is an example, an unbelievable input for any team in the world. He is key; he will be key tomorrow. "

Chelsea seems to be having more problems with injuries as Real Madrid will have Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, and Valverde back in their squad for Wednesday.

"Mateo [Kovacic] will not be in the squad,"

Tuchel said.

"I think that Toni [Rudiger] will play with a mask because he trained yesterday in a mask. Everybody else is in training today, so hopefully, we will have no new injuries today and that means everybody is available except for Kovacic."

source: SportMob