Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has heaped huge praise on Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante after an excellent season for Chelsea.
Kante played a starring role for the Blues as we won the Champions League, putting in man of the match displays in both legs of the semi-final win over Real Madrid and in the final victory against Manchester City.
“Listen, you notice certain guys because they score and grab the headlines,” Henry told Vibe With Five.
“But I rarely see a player who arrives before the ball. Like, he already knows the ball is going to land there. Sometimes he arrives before the ball and I’m like, ‘how does he do that?!’
“He reads the game to be able to intercept the ball without fouling or tackling most of the time. He arrives at the same time as the ball, sometimes earlier.
“The amount of times he turns a counter-attack for his opponent to a counter-attack for his team… You are building and suddenly he gets the ball and you’re in trouble. So many times!
“So many times you see him getting the ball back and soon after it’s a goal for Chelsea. The capacity he has to read the game and see where the ball is going, sometimes he gets there before the ball!
“It’s not guessing. When they say a striker smells the goal, it’s the same with Kante. He knows exactly where the ball is going and he can read the pass and the pattern of play.”