Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has insisted that the membership’s midfielder, N’Golo Kante, appears 5 years youthful after his man of the match efficiency towards Atletico Madrid within the Champions League spherical of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday evening.
Kante was naturally influential on the base of Chelsea’s midfield, snuffing out assaults and making 13 ball recoveries total towards Atletico Madrid.
The 29-year-old additionally made a major contribution to the attacking aspect of the sport and drew admiration from his supervisor, Thomas Tuchel, following a lung-busting run which helped create house for Palmieri’s objective deep in harm time.
Chelsea defeated Diego Simeone’s aspect 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, thanks to 2 targets from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri to qualify for the quarter-final on a 3-0 mixture, having gained 1-0 within the first leg.
Reacting to Kante’s show towards Atletico Madrid, Cole advised BT Sport: “You’ve got the legs in midfield now. You’ve got Kovacic and Kante again, and Kante appears about 5 years youthful once more.
“He has missed a variety of soccer, however he has had a great run at it now, and he has constructed his health and match stamina up that you simply want.
“He simply appears so comfy. I believe he likes having Kovacic in there as nicely as a result of I believe it takes the burden off him they usually each get in regards to the pitch.
“He was sensational. Not solely does he have the bodily capabilities, however he has that canny capacity to be in the suitable place on the proper time, and gamers don’t get round him. He’s like having two males in a single.
“He decides when he takes it, he blocks strains after which nonetheless has the vitality to maintain beginning assaults and break ahead within the ninetieth minute as nicely, he was unbelievable, and he’s again to his finest. He’s underestimated for his technical capacity, he dribbles, and he can cross, he’s unbelievable.”