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Chelsea have been without N’Golo Kante for most parts of the season as he keeps suffering from an injury relapse.
It has been a tough season for N’Golo since the summer, and the France international is hailed as the best defensive midfielder in the world at the moment.
Kante is a midfield beast and his work ethics in the middle of the park is second to none, but the surprising part of his absence is how much Chelsea are winning games without him.
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has admitted his shock at just how well Chelsea are doing without the midfield general.
“I have to hold my hands up and say ‘wow’ at Chelsea,” the former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports.
“A batch of youngsters are playing superbly and the balance is spot on, even without N’Golo Kante.”
He added: “They are really good to watch – the Roman Abramovich vision has been waiting to get to this sort of style.
“They have won the Premier League a number of times as well as the Champions League, but this is a whole new experience for them.”
Lampard has given update on Kante and revealed that the 28-year-old is still out injured but is close to a return.
Lampard said ahead of the Watford game: “Himself (Rudiger) and N’Golo carried over injuries from last season and it’s been a domino effect. The players will be frustrated. Disappointing for me because I want to select them but it brings opportunities for other players.
“N’Golo is close, working with the team now. “Ross Barkley is still not right but not far away.”