Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante earned the compliments from French media outlets following a strong performance for France last night.

Le Blues were held 1-1 with Ukraine during their opening World Cup qualifying fixture yesterday evening.

Kante had carried over his fine form for Chelsea onto the international scene, and his efforts were picked up by journalists over in France.

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PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 24: N’Golo Kante of France runs with the ball during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between France and Ukraine on March 24, 2021 in Paris, France. Sporting stadiums around France 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 Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Foot Mercato said the 29-year-old was ‘The man of the match’.

They also wrote: “With a large volume of play and desire until the final whistle, the number 13 chained the kilometers to come and recover the ball high enough on the lawn. 

“He also lost very little since he played very simple with the ball, with one or two touches of the ball. Another big match for Kante.”

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France’s midfielder N’Golo Kante (L) vies with Ukraine’s midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification football match between France and Ukraine at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, on March 24, 2021. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

The summary of his display was almost a carbon copy of what Blues fans have been witnessing over the past few months.

That endless amount of energy has been a theme throughout Kante’s career, but a strength that’s been hampered in recent years.

Injuries have been the crux of this problem.

He missed large chunks of last season through hamstring and muscle problems, issues that have rolled over into this term.

However, thanks to Thomas Tuchel’s more cautious approach, Kante looks free of his injury demons.

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Chelsea’s German head coach Thomas Tuchel (L) embraces Chelsea’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 15, 2021. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Didier Deschamps might not take the same approach when plotting his national team’s approach.

Chelsea’s mini-midfielder played all 90 minutes for France against Ukraine but could be offered a rest when they face Kazakhstan on Sunday.

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