Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has recently been discussing N’Golo Kante
Kante & Chelsea
Kante would join Chelsea in 2016, departing Leicester City who he helped win their first-ever Premier League title.
Kante has since been a key cog in the Blues’ midfield, despite some injury issues.
The midfielder has featured 218 times for the Londoners, scoring 11, assisting 10 and playing key roles in Chelsea winning the league title and, of course, the 2020/21 Champions League.
Kante is also a key figure for France and has continued to put on some solid displays at Euro 2020 this summer.
Lampard praises Kante
Now, former Chelsea midfielder and manager Frank Lampard has been discussing the Frenchman.
Lampard would, of course, manage Kante during his brief stint in the Chelsea dugout before his dismissal earlier this year.
And whilst Kante did have some injury woes during that period, the former Leicester star clearly left a lasting impression on Lampard.
During the interview, Lampard explained why Kante is so good, labelling him a ‘destructor’:
“The main reason why he’s so good that he’s the best in the world at being a destructor. When I say destructor I’m talking about winning the ball back. To win the ball back with his anticipation, having the speed to get tight and close distances, his main attribute for me is destruction, leaving areas to win balls back.
“An old-fashioned holding midfield player you’d say would sit in front of the back four, Makelele did it years ago for Chelsea so well.”
Lampard, though, was also keen to praise Kante’s ability going forward as well, stating that people don’t give him credit for his ability to find a pass:
“But he has so much more to his game. When you see the distances he closes to get in front of people, that acceleration and speed, that is something special to him, it’s very unique.
“I got asked it a lot [about playing him as a strict defensive midfielder], my feeling was that he had so many attributes that were more than just that, I was holding him back by saying, ‘please just sit there’.
“You have to allow N’Golo to travel with the ball. He can find passes I think people don’t give him credit for. His close control in tight areas is fantastic as well. Kante can do multiple jobs at the same time. He makes people around him better, he helps everybody. “
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