Thomas Tuchel lauded N’Golo Kante after his game-changing impact in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Tottenham, describing the Frenchman as “everything you need in midfield” and saying he finds it “hard to believe” how good he is.
Kante had missed Chelsea’s previous two games after aggravating an ankle injury in last month’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool but he replaced Mason Mount after a goalless first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and inspired Chelsea to a commanding victory.
His headline contribution was his goal, a long-range effort which deflected in off Eric Dier eight minutes after Thiago Silva’s headed opener, but Tuchel felt he elevated Chelsea in all aspects of their performance.
“I was absolutely not happy with the first 45 minutes,” he told Sky Sports. “There were individual performances which were great in the first half from Kepa and Thiago Silva but in general we lacked intent, energy and relentless in duels and 50-50 balls