N’Golo Kante wins back possession twice in under 10 seconds v Manchester City


There’s been a lot of discussion about Maurizio Sarri’s use of N’Golo Kante in recent weeks.

The France international, widely regarded as the best defensive midfielder on the planet, has been deployed on a more advanced role on the right-hand side of the pitch under his current Chelsea manager.

Sarri prefers technical midfielders in the holding role, such as summer signing Jorginho or Cesc Fabregas, and has no plans to bow to the demands of fans by moving Kante back to his preferred position.

Sarri stuck with Kante on the right of his midfield three, with Jorginho in the centre, for the visit of champions Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Chelsea went on to record an impressive 2-0 victory, with Kante scoring the opening goal of the match with an emphatic finish past Ederson.

The 27-year-old was challenged by Sarri to score more goals last month and he produced the goods at the best possible time.


However, another clip is currently doing the rounds from the second half which adds further weight to the argument that Kante remains the world’s best defensive midfielder.

The video shows Kante winning possession back twice for Chelsea in less than 10 seconds, finding a teammate with a pass both times.

Watch it here...

“He somehow got it back!” BT Sport commentator Darren Fletcher remarked after Kante dispossessed Raheem Sterling.

“He somehow got that one back as well,” he added following Kante’s second tackle moments later.

During Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Stamford Bridge - and following the full-time whistle - many football fans have taken to Twitter to express their belief that Kante is still the world’s best defensive midfielder.

Others have been impressed by just how good he looked in his new position, seamlessly combining his defensive qualities with his new attacking responsibilities.

Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, described Kante’s performance as “immense” after the match and it was hard to disagree.

Chelsea’s surprise victory over City means it’s Liverpool who will finish the weekend top of the Premier League table.


Jurgen Klopp’s side are now the only unbeaten team in England’s top division.

Chelsea climbed to third in the table ahead of Tottenham’s match away at Leicester City and now find themselves seven points behind second-placed City.

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