He plays like he’s five years younger, Joe Cole says of Chelsea midfielder

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante had a good game in the 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

The Frenchman was all over the place, winning balls, breaking attacks and also carrying the ball from midfield to attack with amazing drive.

Former Chelsea star Joe Cole was pleased with the performance of Kante as he ran the show in the middle of the park. Kante will turn 30 on March 29, but Joe Cole admits that he plays like he’s five years younger.

He told BT Sport: “You have got the legs in midfield now. You have got Kovacic and Kante back, and Kante looks about five years younger again.

“He has missed a lot of football, but he has had a good run at it now and he has built his fitness and match stamina up that you need. ‘He just looks so comfortable. I think he likes having Kovacic in there as well, because I think it takes the burden off him, and they both get about the pitch.

“He was sensational. Not only does he have the physical capabilities, but he has got that canny ability to be in right place at right time and players don’t get round him.

“He’s like having two men in there in one. He decides when he takes it, he blocks lines and then still has the energy to keep starting attacks and break forward in the 90th minute as well, he was fantastic and he’s back to his best.

“He is underestimated for his technical ability, he dribbles and he can pass, he is fantastic.”

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