Hakim Ziyech highlighted the importance of N’Golo Kante’s presence on the pitch as Chelsea lost a two-goal lead in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Morocco international had an impressive game, scoring two goals, and was rather unlucky not to grab a hattrick.

While Ziyech was certainly Chelsea’s best attacking threat in the game, Kante arguably stole the limelight with his overall performance.

The energetic France international simply dominated the midfield area, winning a lot of duels and regaining possession as he always does.

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Even Ziyech’s first goal came from Kante’s winning the ball from Lucas Moura in midfield, catching Spurs defenders off guard.

Kante only played for 45 minutes, however, and was replaced by Tiemoue Bakayoko at the start of the second half.

 

This, according to Ziyech, was one of the main reasons Chelsea started losing control of the game after dominating in the first half.

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“With everything in the first half, what we did was good,” the winger told Chelsea TV.

“That is something we can look up for and try to get the same level during the whole 90 minutes, I think that was our biggest problem.

“When you have NG [Kante] behind you, you always know he’s clearing everything that’s behind you, and he’s covering all the problems that we have at the back.

“So if he doesn’t play, you’re straight feeling it.”

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