Thomas Tuchel described N’Golo Kante as his dream player and said the midfielder will be key to Chelsea’s plans in the second leg clash with Real Madrid on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old has won a lot throughout his career; back-to-back Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the World Cup with France.
It is even more impressive considering he was playing in the French second division just several years ago with Caen in 2013.
Unfortunately, he has not been able to lift the biggest trophy at club level in Europe; the Champions League.
Tuchel, however, does not think Kante needs the Champions League trophy to cement his place as a modern great.
“Where to elevate to?” Tuchel responded when asked whether Kante needs a Champions League winner medal to elevate his career at Tuesday’s press conference.
“I mean, the guy is a top guy. He is the guy you need to win trophies, obviously, and that’s why we’re so, so happy that he’s here.
“I was dreaming about this player, fighting for this player in any club I was coaching. Now he’s my player.
“For me, he’s an example, an unbelievable input for any team in the world and we’re happy that he plays for us.
“He’s key and will be key tomorrow, and I hope in the best way possible.”
Tuchel is likely not the only manager who has dreamt about having Kante in his team. He is just that good.
Given his shy personality, Kante will likely be the last person in the team to lift the Champions League trophy if Chelsea are to win it. But any Chelsea fan would love to see him with that trophy.
The Blues are potentially two games away from the podium, but first, they will have to finish the job against the experienced Real Madrid team. As Tuchel pointed out, Kante and his energy will be key to that.