'So unique': Thomas Tuchel raves about 'fantastic' Chelsea player he's lucky to coach

Thomas Tuchel has given huge praise to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, who’s just one game short of 250 appearances for the club.

Kante’s in line to reach another landmark on Saturday afternoon when the Blues host Brentford in the Premier League.

Kante, 31, has already created a legacy as one of the club’s all-time top midfielders.

The box-to-box central midfielder is so often the engine of the Chelsea team, as well as a pivotal figure for reigning World Cup champions France at international level.

His £30million transfer from Leicester City back in 2016 has turned out to be daylight robbery.

Blues manager Tuchel has applauded the “unique” Frenchman that he loves to coach.

“No, absolutely not,” Tuchel responded when asked if he can describe what Kante brings to Chelsea.

“It’s 250 times, pure joy to watch him. Pure joy and luck to be his coach. He’s a fantastic guy, fantastic player. So unique. I do not know nobody who does not love him.”

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Still the elite player at Chelsea

If he plays well, Kante’s still the standout individual in the Chelsea squad.

He’s so universally loved across the game due to his attitude, quality and work rate. For instance, Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves recently described him as a “monster” in the centre of the park.

The club’s success in winning the Champions League last season was largely down to several man of the match performances from him.

With the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final next Wednesday, Blues fans will be hoping that Kante is ready to drop another masterclass.

There isn’t anyone that gets about the pitch so much when he’s in the mood.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.