Tuchel says Chelsea player's presence gives everybody else a lot of confidence on the pitch
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for N’Golo Kante as he spoke about the midfielder’s outstanding work rate and impact on the pitch.
To celebrate Kante’s successful five years at Chelsea, the club has released a special video interview with the 30-year-old himself.
Tuchel was also briefly featured in the video to speak about the impact that Kante has on the team.
The manager unsurprisingly highlighted the France international’s energy, in particular.
“Once he’s in top shape, not injured, and mentally in a space where he trusts himself physically, he’s such a huge impact,” Tuchel told Chelsea TV.
“He’s like one-and-a-half players minimum. In some matches, you feel you have two N’Golo; one in offence, one in defence.
“He’s helping everybody off the pitch. Don’t forget, he gives a lot of confidence to everybody around him and lifts everybody up.
“What can I say? I’m very happy, very lucky he’s in our squad.”
Kante rests well outside the pitch, says Chelsea boss Tuchel
For Tuchel, managing Kante’s workload and fitness is crucial given the player’s injury record in the past few years.
According to Transfermarkt, the former Leicester City player has missed a total of 10 games this season, including the two-game absence due to Covid-19.
It is still far from ideal, but significantly lower than when he missed 31 games in 2019/20.
Based on Tuchel’s comments, how Kante treats his body off the pitch certainly helps the manager.
“When I say he switches on when on the pitch, he is really the guy to switch off off the pitch,” Tuchel explained.
“He can be so calm, almost shy, play his round of chess, sleep for hours and hours and take his rest.
“This is maybe the key to his success.”