It’s unimaginable to dislike N’Golo Kante, who has a ‘massive brother’ aura about him at Chelsea.
That’s the view of former Blues defender Mario Melchiot, who has likened the 2018 World Cup winner to legendary midfielder Claude Makelele.
Kante was merely unstoppable in Chelsea’s triumphant victory over Man City within the Champions League closing – a show which earned him one more man-of–the-match award following his two imperious semi-final showings towards Actual Madrid.
That has led to requires the Frenchman to win this 12 months’s Ballon d’Or – though the participant himself has refuted such ideas.
However on Monday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, Melchiot defined how Kante and Makelele are similiar in his eyes.
“You recognize what I like about him? It’s slightly bit what I had with Makelele. They’re related guys in the way in which they’re constructed,” Melchiot mentioned.
“I don’t need to say how they play as a result of that’s me bringing in one thing that’s not obligatory.
“Generally they stroll subsequent to you they usually appear like your little brother however the second they put the equipment on they grow to be your massive brother.
“I really feel like Kante is one thing like that. You see this little man you take a look at him and [think] ‘why would I be scared by a person such as you?’ After which if you’re on the sector with him you go like, ‘oh, this little man turns into a large’ and he runs the present.”
“Tuchel mentioned it himself. He mentioned, ‘I don’t need to begin this recreation with out him’, as a result of he is aware of what he brings to the workforce.
“Arguably, we are able to speak about completely different sorts of gamers, [Kai] Havertz scored an awesome purpose, and stuff like that however who convey the steadiness to the workforce is at all times the chief and that’s the reason, for me, Kante is it.”
Kante, nevertheless, lately refuted comparisons made between him and his French compatriot.
“Rising up, coaches or team-mates may inform me that I resemble such-and-such a participant,” Kante instructed UEFA.
“I used to be simply somebody who watched soccer; I might watch the video games which me, with out essentially specializing in gamers in an analogous place to mine.
“At any time when the worldwide break got here round, I might clearly watch France play. And getting to look at the likes of Makelele or Lassana Diarra, I drew inspiration from them sooner or later.
“However ultimately, I’m not like them. I used to be fortunate to be in contact with them they usually’re nice gamers with their very own profession, and I’ve my very own profession and path at my aspect.
“I’ve had some chats with Claude since I got here to Chelsea. He was right here to present me recommendation on my play, and the affect I can have on the sport.
“With the ability to speak with him about that’s helpful for me as a result of he is aware of the place.”
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