Chelsea were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night by Tottenham – but some of the Blues fans on Twitter did find some joy from the performance of N’Golo Kante.
Frank Lampard’s side were beaten in a penalty shootout, as rivals Spurs progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Timo Werner’s first Chelsea goal put the visitors in front with a clinical finish from the edge of the box, but Erik Lamela made it 1-1 late in the second-half to send the tie to penalties.
The Blues will now have to prepare for a final league game against Crystal Palace on Saturday before the international break, but it was a big opportunity missed in midweek.
Chelsea had a firm grip on the match at half-time after dominating the opening 45 minutes, but the start of the second-half the game flipped on its headed and the tide shifted to the hosts.
A selection of fans on social media did pick out Kante for his impressive came off the bench, as his 20-minute cameo suggested that he’s getting back to his very best and will be a key player this season.
Kante got a brief runout after being substituted on in the 70th minute and he immediately injected some energy to Chelsea’s midfield, at a time they were losing a grip on the contest.
The 29-year-old had an injury-hit 2019/20 campaign at Stamford Bridge, but he’s shown in the past he’s a world-class operator that can dominate in the Premier League
He is an all-action central midfielder that gave the Blues something going forward with his direct dribbling and passing, plus he made a brilliant trademark tackle to prevent a counter attack and set up his team.
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media were full of massive praise for the Frenchman for his display against Spurs.
Here are some Blues fans discussing Kante:
Kante you absolute beast.
— Chelseaista (@Chelseaista_cfc) September 29, 2020
Kante has been massive since coming on #CFC
— Bakare Temitope Jr (@starboi_topsy) September 29, 2020
Kante switched up the game 🔥
— 🇧🇷 (@CFCRamz) September 29, 2020
Kanté comes on and we dominate the midfield
Imagine my shock
— CFCGinge (@CFCRoh) September 29, 2020
Kante changed the game#totche
— Syed Farooq Shah (@SyedfarooqCFC) September 29, 2020
N’golo Kante makes so much difference man, I know everybody knows this already but seriously, what a player
— Azza (@CFCAzza97) September 29, 2020
Kante 10/10 so far.
— BILAL (@Bilal93Cfc) September 29, 2020
Kante is single-handedly saving us #TOTCHE [89′]
— Candy 💙CFC (@candylovescfc) September 29, 2020
Kante is so elite!
— CFC Breakdown (@CFCBreakdown) September 29, 2020
Kante has been running things since he came on
— 😷| Woomar (@RiskyyCFC) September 29, 2020
Kante was immense when he came on #cfc
— BlueNesh (@EriqNesh) September 29, 2020