Chelsea deservedly defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to reduce the gap between the Blues and United to just a point, in what was a spirited performance from Antonio Conte’s men.
N’Golo Kante who missed six games with a hamstring injury made his comeback in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Manchester United, and Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly thinks his comeback was the catalyst for Chelsea’s fine performance.
His injury coincided with a poor run of form for the Blues in which Chelsea suffered a shock defeat at Crystal Palace and were humiliated by Roma in the Champions League.
And Desailly, who spent six years at Stamford Bridge, believes Kante’s return will be the catalyst for the Blues to find back form.
“It is not a coincidence (that they won),” he told Omnisport.
“(Chelsea) were in need of a player who can sit in front of the defence to help and block the opponent and bring that extra energy, to play the intervals, to start the actions.
“I’m very pleased he’s back. Psychologically, it’s also a boost for the entire collective, because since he left, Chelsea have been on and off. Now, he’s back and he stimulates the rest of the group.
“They don’t have big individual players, but at least if collectively they are back to their original level of last year, then maybe Chelsea will be back at a certain level.”