N’Golo Kante has shown for the past two seasons that size really doesn’t matter.
The midfielder has won midfield battles against opponents a lot bigger than him as he helped lead Leicester to Premier League glory and looks as though he will do the same with Chelsea this season.
And on Monday in Chelsea’s FA Cup clash against Manchester United, he definitely came out on top against Paul Pogba.
Despite the world’s most expensive player being almost a foot taller than Kante, he was bullied by his compatriot with the Chelsea man scoring the only goal of the game.
But it wasn’t just Pogba that was on the end of Kante’s masterclass.
Just moments after he had opened the scoring, Kante lined up another shot on the edge of the box. Marouane Fellaini was desperate not to allow the goal-machine to have another crack on goal and made a desperate attempt to block the shot.
However, Kante saw him coming and cut back inside leaving Fellaini looking very silly.
Kante then laid the ball off to Willian, who curled his effort narrowly over.
Take a look:
And Twitter absolutely loved it:
To be fair to Fellaini, he probably thinks Kante is a prolific goalscorer after he scored against them during the 4-0 victory in October. It means Kante has scored on both occasions he’s faced the Red Devils this season - his only two goals in a Chelsea shirt.
Kante’s all-round performance earned his the Man of the Match award as Chelsea booked their place in the semi-final of competition - where they face Tottenham at Wembley.
And everyone was in full praise of the diminutive midfielder following the match - including Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.
Lampard on Kante
Lampard - who was appearing as a pundit on BBC - claimed that Kante is the best central midfielder in the world right now.
"I'd go as far to say that he's the best central midfield player in the world on current form, I really would,' said the retired Stamford Bridge hero.
"Looking at the way he's performing this year, he may not be scoring lots of goals but what he's giving to the team in the way he's playing, the driving force that he is, I cannot see anyone else out there in world football better than him at the moment."
Praise doesn’t come any higher than that.
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