N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea in 2016, having won the Premier League title with Leicester City. The Frenchman moved to Stamford Bridge and also won the league title.
He featured for the first time in the Champions League this season, and the 25-year-old has received many plaudits for the quality of his performance against Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic in midfield against Barcelona.
He has labelled that game as the biggest he has played so far in his career.
“It was Chelsea against Barcelona but for me personally it was the first time I’d played against them, and they are a great side,” he told the official Chelsea website.
“At the end of the game I didn’t think too much about myself, I just thought about the first leg and the fact it ended 1-1. We try to learn from that type of game and take it into matches like the one against Man City.
“We gained enough knowledge and confidence from that game to know that we can do something against Barcelona but the second leg will be away and we’ll see what happens. It’s good to play these type of games in the Champions League, in front of our fans, and I hope we can go far.”
There were spells in that game, particularly early on, when we were forced to defend well as a team as Barcelona dominated possession and kept the ball. Does Kante expect a similar type of challenge against Manchester City?
“They play good football but I think it will be different to the game against Barcelona because they are different players,” he said.
“We have prepared well as a team with the tactics of the manager and for sure every player has to perform with and without the ball if we want to have a good game.”