If you were to list N’Golo Kante’s best attributes you’d probably mention his tackling skills and his energy.
Chelsea signed the Frenchman in the summer after his breakout season with Leicester City. Along with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, he was integral in the Foxes’ remarkable march to the Premier League title.
Playing next to Nemanja Matic in Chelsea’s midfield, not much has changed. He still runs around the pitch as if powered by a never-ending battery and he’s a nightmare for opposing strikers looking to find space.
Eden Hazard even compared him to a rat. “He gives us confidence,” the Belgian added, via Sky Sports.
"We want to try to dribble and to pass the opponent because we know, even if we try but don't pass the opponent, and if we lose the ball, then he is there behind us and he can take the ball."
Kante showed a different side to his game in Chelsea’s contest against Middlesbrough this afternoon. The shoe was on the other foot - it was 25-year-old who was being harried while in possession - but he escaped with a wonderful piece of close control.
Cornered by three Boro players, Kante showed neat footwork to find space before passing to Pedro. Check it out below.
Diego Costa scored his 10th goal of the season to give Antonio Conte’s team a 1-0 lead against Middlesbrough. Three points will see the Blues leapfrog Liverpool into first place in the table.