France’s national team coach Didier Deschamps admits he isn’t fussed when N’Golo Kante doesn’t start for Chelsea, speaking to RMC.

Kante recently joined up with Deschamps and the French squad ahead of their World Cup qualifiers, fresh from his exploits at club level.

His contribution towards Chelsea’s meteoric rise under Thomas Tuchel cannot be understated.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Ngolo Kante of Chelsea passes the ball during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on March 04, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

He looks back to the kind of Kante who the Blues bought from Leicester City for £30m (BBC Sport) in 2016.

This hasn’t always been the case.

After a terrific maiden season at Stamford Bridge, where he was instrumental in winning the Premier League, Kante’s levels have wavered.

Injuries also began to creep into his system, something he’s never really experienced before in his career.

Tuchel has managed the 29-year-old’s game time intelligently, wise to the fact he cannot afford to lose his all-action midfielder.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea and N’Golo Kante of Chelsea celebrate following their team’s victory in the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on March 04, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Chelsea Football Club/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Deschamps was satisfied with how his player had been governed and admitted that Kante sometimes inadvertently brought physical problems upon himself.    

‘Le Blues’ boss said: “He (Kante) is used to the very high level. He does not save himself. I am not unhappy when Tuchel does not start him every game.

“But everything is communicative. The players can come less well from their club and come back better condition.

“The reverse is also possible. Kante, it is more the physical worries where it has problems which follow one another for several seasons.

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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JULY 10: Head coach Didier Deschamps of France and Ngolo Kante of France celebrate after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between France and Belgium at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 10, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

“Then it does not spare itself but it is like that, I will not change it. With a little experience, he learns to manage himself.”

France and Kante will be looking to kickstart their qualifying campaign later this evening when they face Ukraine.

If they are to be successful at this summer’s European Championships, they will need the Chelsea man fit and firing on all cylinders.

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