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N'Golo Kante's highlights v Manchester City will catch Chelsea fans off guard

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Manchester City issued yet another statement of intent in the Premier League with their inspired 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Despite Chelsea having amassed an impressive start to the season of their own in recent weeks, the Blues were neutralised by Pep Guardiola's smothering tactics in west London.

A tight and chess-like affair was eventually settled by a moment of magic from Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian has been supplying on mass this season but bagged one of his own with a rifled left-footed shot past Thibaut Courtois.

There was no shortage of bad news for Chelsea with Alvaro Morata hobbling off with a hamstring problem and Antonio Conte has since been slammed for his substitutions.

Perhaps the most criticised player in the Chelsea, though, proved N'Golo Kante.

Twitter was awash with supporters slamming the French midfielder for what they saw as a weak performance against such accomplished opposition. 

The ex-Leicester City man played alongside Cesc Fabregas and his new partner in crime Tiemoue Bakayoko with whom he instigated a brilliant showing v Atletico Madrid. 

However, Chelsea fans were less than impressed with his work against David Silva, a resurgent Fabian Delph and - of course - De Bruyne.

Check out the bulk of the criticism below:

That being said, supporters seemed to pick up the few negatives of Kante's performance and most appeared to ignore the positives, of which there were many.

Kante was, at times, seen playing in a more advanced role than usual and was actually the architect of some of Chelsea's finest chances.

That's not to forget the 26-year-old's trademark attributes of interceptions, tracking back and pick-pocketing tackles. Such contributions seemed to slip under the radar.

And a video of Kante's highlights serves to show that his performance against the Citizens was far better than Chelsea fans appreciated at the time.

The footage compiles almost everything Kante did during the game, both good and bad. Beyond a few ropey clips at the beginning, it's actually pretty pleasant watching - take a look:

Even if you're still unconvinced, it doesn't exactly warrant the kind of criticism the Frenchman was peppered with on social media.

Let's not forget this is the PFA Player of the Year for last season, after all.

Chelsea now face an international break - two weeks to both stew over a damning result as well as seeking to amend it. Manchester City, meanwhile, will be basking in reflection.

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