Next for Chelsea is a home clash against Southampton, and Southampton boss Claude Puel believes his midfield general Oriol Romeu is almost on the same level with Chelsea’s midfield powerhouse Oriol Romeu.
Romeu has been in good form for the Saints this season and has attracted interest from Barcelona, and Puel believes Romeu is to Southampton what Kante is to Chelsea.
“He’s an important player for this team because he can do fantastic work to recover the ball and start the play,” Puel said in the Daily Echo.
“For me N’Golo is the same quality of Romeu with us.
“It’s an important to player and without him for Chelsea it’s difficult and the same with Romeu, it’s difficult for us without him.”
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game, Puel claims Romeu is not far off from Kante. “I think he’s not far off Kante,” said Puel.
“If we see the quality of his games since the beginning of the season, for me, he [Romeu] is not far off Kante because he’s very consistent and every game he gives good performances, with consistency and quality.
“[Romeu] is strong on the recovery of the ball and has a lot of qualities to start on the ball.
“He’s very good player for me and the same level [as Kante].
“We will see for the future, we are confident in him and, for me, he can look to a selection with Spain, for example.”