Thomas Tuchel has dismissed fears that N’Golo Kante’s spate of hamstring accidents may diminish the France World Cup winner’s midfield dynamism.
Kante will begin Thursday’s FA Cup fifth-round conflict at Barnsley in a much-changed Blues line-up, with new boss Tuchel delighted by the 29-year-old’s return to health.
The France worldwide has shaken off his newest hamstring difficulty to be prepared for the midweek journey to Oakwell – and now Tuchel has tipped him to rediscover his traditional aggressive, ball-winning finest kind.
“I’m an enormous fan and I can see the enter he has on groups, he makes groups higher, he makes guys round him really feel comfy.
“He has the mentality of a water-carrier, however on such a excessive stage.
“What I see right here in possession video games, what I see right here in acceleration, what I see right here in passing potential, is completely excellent, and it’s all mixed in such a humble character. So I’m completely not involved.
“I’m completely not involved about any extra accidents additionally, as a result of I really feel a help of high quality medical and bodily division on the best stage.
“We are able to handle his minutes and his workload, and we take care about him in all bodily facets for what he wants.
The previous Leicester participant then helped the Blues shut out Sunday’s 2-1 win at Sheffield United, once more having fun with a late cameo.
Tuchel reiterated his sizeable regard for Kante’s skills, because the combative midfielder edges in the direction of full match sharpness.
“I feel N’Golo suits into any supervisor’s plans on the planet,” the previous Paris St Germain boss mentioned.
“I used to be determined to have him in my groups previously. He’s an enormous Chelsea participant and among the best midfielders on this planet. So I’m so fortunate to have him in my squad and that he’s again match once more.
“That was actually tough however he helped everyone on the pitch together with his help, mentality, and high quality, which is what he does.
“In case you see the step he took in coaching between the Tottenham match and Sheffield United, the half-hour he performed (in opposition to Sheffield United) was an enormous efficiency.
“We switched to a 3 within the midfield and this helped us escape the stress and be in charge of the sport once more.
“I’m very, very impressed. We’ve identified him for a few years very properly as a result of we’ve come from a French membership.
“We had been very impressed from the tv however to see him reside, to see how he works, how humble he’s, the standard he provides to the group, it’s a present to be his coach. I’m so comfortable.”