'Always close': Jermaine Jenas says two Chelsea players looked brilliant playing together

Jermaine Jenas was left full of praise for Chelsea’s midfield partnership of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante at the weekend.

Chelsea came from two goals down on Sunday to record a 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool in the Premier League.

Despite the fact the result makes any title bid seem even more unrealistic, Thomas Tuchel’s side played some excellent football and there was so much for the club’s supporters to enjoy.

Certainly, the Kovacic-Kante pivot in the centre of the park was the standout feature for the Blues.

They’ve each missed various parts of the season so far, but were so effective starting alongside each other yesterday to outperform Liverpool’s three-man midfield.

Pundit Jenas hailed the link up between the Chelsea duo:

“The two of Kovacic and Kante I thought dominated this midfield [against Liverpool]. They were always in close proximity with each other, so they know each other’s game very well,” Jenas told Match of the Day 2.

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Kante improves Chelsea teammates

Yes, Kovacic deserves the spotlight for an immense display where he showed so much individual skill. The 27-year-old was playing with the kind of confidence and flair that made him a previous Chelsea player of the season.

However, any midfielder would surely take great belief from playing next to Kante.

Kante continues to run rings around opponents at times with his superb stamina, aggression and football IQ.

Even some Liverpool fans on Twitter were impressed by the Frenchman’s performance against them, which just goes to show how universally loved he is across the footballing community.

The 30-year-old does the running of two to delight teammates.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.