In a new ‘double six’ position for the Blues’ FA Cup clash with Barnsley, CHELSEA manager Thomas Tuchel is expected to unleash N’Golo Kante.
Following his recovery from a hamstring injury, which sidelined him for six of the West Londoners’ last eight matches, France International is eligible for selection.
New Blues manager Tuchel is happy to have the winner of the World Cup at his disposal for the visit to Oakwell on Thursday and plans to deploy him as one of two sitting midfielders.
The German said: “N’Golo Kante fits into the plans of every manager on the planet. I was hoping to have him in my teams.”
If you see his stats between the Tottenham match, 30 minutes against them and 20 minutes against Sheffield United, it was an enormous success.
It was necessary for us to escape the pressure and to be in charge of the game again as he moved to a midfield three.
“For many years, I have known him.
He came from a French club, so I know him on TV, to see the guy live, how he’s working and how humble he’s, to see what quality he’s offering this squad, it’s a blessing, and I’m so happy.
“Tomorrow he’ll start. His best position for me is double-six – he can play single six, but his strength in his game is to have freedom. In his game, we use his range.’
He’s a player from Chelsea, and he’s a big one, and he’s one of the best midfielders in the world. I am so grateful to have him by my side.
So fortunate, he’s back. If you look at his performance, you will return after the injury.
We didn’t give him any minutes on the Tottenham pitch, which was difficult, and he did what he always does.
With his support and attitude and consistency on the field, he supports everyone.