Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for “difference maker” N’Golo Kante after the midfielder’s goalscoring performance in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Leicester City.

Despite Chelsea having 62 per cent possession of the ball in the game, Kante still made two tackles, two interceptions, and eight ball recoveries overall.

It was not only his defensive numbers, but the 30-year-old surprisingly managed more shots on target (three) than any other player on the pitch. One of them, of course, found the back of the net.

Tuchel, who was clearly impressed, said Kante can single-handedly win games for the Blues with this kind of performance.

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“It was a fantastic goal,” Tuchel said about Kante’s long-range strike in the post-match press conference.

“If you have N’Golo, you have N’Golo — and he’s outstanding.

“He seems to find another gear all the time on the pitch.

“It was an excellent performance from him individually, and we’re happy that he’s back, that he feels good and plays with a free mind.

 

“When he does this with confidence, he can be the difference.”

Watch also: Tuchel’s reaction to Kante’s goal

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‘So I shot’, says the Chelsea ace

For those wondering how Kante decided to make the run and eventually take a shot from outside the box, it was unexpectedly simple.

“I anticipated the pass of Reece,” the France international said after the game (via the club’s official website).

“When he gave me the ball I had space in front of me.

“I tried to run at the defenders and look for the pass, but it was open for the shot, so I shot.”

That’s it. It was open, so he just produced such an incredible goal.

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