Kante Admits Chelsea Players Were Tired After Super Cup Clash

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Chelsea started the season with a Sunday clash against Manchester United, and after that the Blues made the trip to Istanbul three days later to face Liverpool in the Super Cup final.

Chelsea then returned home to play Leicester City on Sunday after 120 minutes of high intensity football against Liverpool.

Frank Lampard made only one change to the starting eleven that played against Liverpool and the Blues started the game against the Foxes in amazing fashion with Mason Mount scoring as early as the seventh minute to put Chelsea in front.

Chelsea players put their feet off the pedal towards the end of the first half and were lethargic in the second period. Chelsea eventually played out a 1-1 draw at the end of the game.

Speaking after the final whistle, Kante claimed that the players were tired and it probably affected their performance against Leicester City.

“It’s true we used a long of energy this week,” Kante pointed out.

“We had the match against Man U and then travelled to Turkey for the match against Liverpool when we played very well. We were a bit tired against a good Leicester team. We had a good first 20 minutes. After Leicester were very good in the match and in the end a draw is not a bad result.”

However, Lampard refused to use tiredness as an excuse for the defeat.

Lampard told reporters after the game: “I hate the tiredness excuse but I think it was a factor in the second half of the game. We’re good enough that if that is a factor we can take it out by being better on the ball, we turned it over too many times, we allowed them counter-attacks which means you run a lot.

“The performance against Manchester United overall made me happier than today’s, even though it was a 4-0 defeat. It’s clearly a results business and we need results as well as performances but I believe we have both in us because we have good quality.

“We need better game management. When the game turns slightly against us then we need to be good enough to wrestle that back and move the ball better so that’s something for us to keep working on.”

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