Ramires has given a glowing verdict on Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante ahead of the Champions League final.
Kante, 30, is back fit for Saturday night’s Champions League showdown, as Chelsea face Manchester City in the all-English final.
The £30million Blues midfielder is a key figure in the centre of the park. If Thomas Tuchel’s side are to pull off an upset against favourites Man City, they are likely to need their all-action French midfielder at his very best.
Ex-Chelsea star Ramires was part of the only Blues squad to previously win the Champions League.
He’s waxed lyrical about Kante’s qualities ahead of tonight. Interestingly, one part of his game that he pointed out is the calmness he has on the pitch.
“I watch Kante play and there’s a movie in my head because I see myself. He plays, he’s got a highlight, but no one sees him wanting to show up off the field,” Ramires told Mais Futebol, as quoted by The Daily Mail.
“He’s very calm, always quiet. He’s an extraordinary player. He’s in every corner of the field. On defence, in the middle, in attack, on the sides. He’s among the best in the world. What he’s playing is impressive.
“He may turn out to be one of the top three in the world. But it’s hard for a defensive midfielder to come in and win a Ballon d’Or. But, look, it would be deserved yes [if he won the Champions League and Euro 2020].”
Kante so vital tonight for Chelsea
For Chelsea, Kante is now one of the most experienced players at Stamford Bridge.
The World Cup winner is going to be so vital guiding through some of his young inexperienced teammates against Man City. Fortunately, the likes of Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are also in the team to help with that.
Man City are a side that will like to try dominate possession. If they build up sustained attacks on any team, it can be difficult to hold out.
However, Kante is the energetic midfielder you’d pick over anyone to do the ugly work in front of a defence. His interceptions and reading of the game will be so vital, plus going forward he’s become so much better with his final ball.
Keep up to date wth all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Twitter account here.