Premier League: Thomas Tuchel and N’Golo Kante during Chelsea’s match vs Sheffield United.© AFP
Thomas Tuchel dismissed on Wednesday fears that N’Golo Kante’s spate of hamstring injuries could diminish the France World Cup winner’s midfield dynamism, declaring himself a “huge fan”. Kante will start Thursday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash at Barnsley in a much-changed Blues line-up, with new boss Tuchel delighted by the 29-year-old’s return to fitness. Chelsea boss Tuchel has tipped the “humble” midfielder to rediscover his aggressive, ball-winning best form. “I’m absolutely not concerned about his quality,” Tuchel said. “From what I see on the pitch in games and what I see on the pitch at Cobham, it’s everything I expected — and I expected a lot, I can tell you.
“I’m a huge fan and I can see the input he has on teams, he makes teams better, he makes guys around him feel comfortable.
“He has the mentality of a water-carrier, but on such a high level.”
The Frenchman made substitute appearances in wins against Tottenham and Sheffield United.
“I think N’Golo fits into any manager’s plans on the planet,” the former Paris Saint-Germain boss said.
“I was desperate to have him in my teams in the past. He is a big Chelsea player and one of the best midfielders in the world. So I am so lucky to have him in my squad and that he is back fit again.”
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