Zappacosta says 'split personality' Chelsea teammate turns into 'animal' on pitch

On-loan Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta said Blues teammate N’Golo Kante is so different on and off the pitch as if the midfielder is suffering from a “split personality syndrome”.

That is certainly an interesting way of dsecribing Kante,

The 30-year-old midfielder is well-known for his shy personality despite his energetic performances on the pitch.

That is perhaps what makes Kante such a unique character.

A few months ago, Mason Mount said despite Kante rarely talks, he is such a “massive character” in the dressing room simply due to what he does on the pitch.


Zappacosta, on the other hand, seems to find how different Kante is on and off the pitch intriguing.

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“What makes N’Golo Kante so popular is his natural kindness, his authenticity,” the right-back, who is currently on loan at Serie A side Genoa, told Stats Perform (via L’equipe).

“This kind of player conquers our hearts and is respected and appreciated by all. 

“Off the pitch, he’s a professional, very calm, but on the pitch, he transforms. 

“It’s like he’s suffering from a split personality syndrome. 

“Outside the pitch, so calm. And on it, he becomes an animal that never stops running, tough in duels and fights. 

“He is an exceptional player and a very good guy.”

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Chronicle view

To be fair, it is easy to see why Zappacosta put it that way.

But Kante is actually very calm despite those constant runs he makes on the pitch.

He would not have averaged second-most interceptions per 90 (2.5) among midfielders in the Premier League if he was not calm and able to read the game properly.

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