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N’Golo Kante is widely known as the best combative midfielder in the world. His energy, work rate, interception and tackling skills are not what you will easily see in one player. According to Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, he’s one half and a man.
Kante has battled injury problems for quite a while now, as the 29-year-old has been in and out of the treatment room since last season — something that hasn’t happened in previous years.
Tuchel has tried to manage Kante very well. The Frenchman doesn’t play every game under Tuchel, and his form under the new boss has been very impressive.
France boss Didier Deschamps is pleased with how Kante has been properly managed by Tuchel, as he admitted that Kante gives his all in games and doesn’t try to save himself.
“He is used to playing at a very high level, he does not save himself,” Deschamps said.
“I am not unhappy when Tuchel does not start him every game.
“But everything is about communication. Players can arrive from their club, not in ideal shape and then come back in better condition.”
He added: “With Kante, it is more about physical problems that have been ongoing for several seasons.
“He does not save himself, but he is like that, I will not change it.
“With a little experience, he is learning to manage himself.”