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N’Golo Kante rose to fame as a defensive midfielder while playing for Leicester City, but Chelsea bosses Maurizio Sarri and now Frank Lampard opted to play him in a more advanced midfield role.
However, against Aston Villa, Kante returned to his natural defensive midfield position, and the Frenchman put in a solid display.
Ahead of Thursday night’s clash with Manchester City, Lampard hailed Kante for his dynamism – both for his defensive displays and his ability on the ball.
“I think we all know N’Golo’s attributes, and he hasn’t really played as the deep-lying midfielder, he’s generally played as one of two, or in recent times one of the more slightly offensive players ahead of one deep-lying midfield player,” Lampard told Goal.
“I think he has the attributes to do all roles, that’s one of the beauties of the way he plays and, of course, what he gives by winning the ball back, being so quick in the tackle, so quick into the press, covering lots of ground – and also how good he is on the ball.
“I think people can underestimate how good N’Golo is on the ball, how quickly he can move with it and pass the ball.
“So I’ve got no problem in playing him in different positions, it’s something we’ve worked on with him a little bit, and it gives me good options to have different types of attributes in that deeper position at times.”