N’Golo Kante played a full 120 minutes for Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final against Liverpool – and some Chelsea fans on Twitter were blown away by the qualify of their midfielder.
The Blues faced off against English opposition as a reward for winning the Europa League last season and ended up losing on penalties, with Tammy Abraham missing the decisive spot-kick.
Frank Lampard missed out on his first piece of silverware as the club’s manager, but his team delivered a response to the 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United at the weekend by holding Liverpool to a 2-2 scoreline after 120 minutes.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea after 36 minutes, as he fired in a left-footed shot after latching onto Christian Pulisic’s pass.
Sadio Mane’s close-range finish at the beginning of the second-half drew Champions League holders Liverpool level and sent the game to extra-time, with Kepa Arrizabalaga producing a stunning double save late on in the 90 minutes.
Mane then put the Reds in front with a clinical finish in extra-time, before Jorginho response from the penalty spot.
Chelsea went on to lose on penalties, but it was a really encouraging display from the Blues against quality opposition.
Kante was given his first start of the season as he stepped up his return from injury and reminded everyone of his talent against Liverpool.
The 28-year-old central midfielder broke up play so well defensively by constantly robbing possession, while he’s clearly added an attacking side to his game too with driving runs forward.
His return is such a boost for Lampard’s team and he’s arguably the one world-class player at Stamford Bridge.
A selection of Chelsea supporters were waxing lyrical about the Frenchman after his European performance against Liverpool.
Here are some Chelsea fans on Kante:
— jason kavanagh (@jaykav74) August 14, 2019
Kanté is too good. Balon d’or or I riot
— Casper(artist) (@Casper_cfc) August 14, 2019
I haven’t seen this good of an N’golo Kante in a while
— CFC True Blue (@CarefreeCFCUSA) August 14, 2019
Kante head and shoulders above anyone else on this pitch tonight
— Carl Jackson (@jacko_cfc) August 14, 2019
Kante taking lives with these nutmegs out here
— CFC Buzzer (@CFCbuzzer) August 14, 2019
Kante is so important to us and I dunno how we’d live without him
— Tom Cowling🏴 (@TomCowlingCFC) August 14, 2019
Ngolo Kante not only the best defensive midfielder in the game but has now decided to channel his inner Eden Hazard.
— . (@DanCFCSalmons) August 14, 2019