The Chelsea coach does not want to hurry with N’Golo Kanté, who has just found his way back to the pitch.
A week ago, N’Golo Kanté made his return to competition with Chelsea. It was during the Champions League game against Porto. He made a short appearance, and he did another one on Saturday in the league against Crystal Palace. The Frenchman regains his feelings and his coach is the first to congratulate himself. At the same time, he tries not to cut corners with his Frenchie.
“I was incredibly happy when he came with us last week because I wasn’t expecting it, but then he started as a substitute against Palace. He was confident enough to come back earlier, to help us in the last 15 minutes against Palace ”, underlined Thomas Tuchel.
Facing the Eagles, the former PSG coach did not want to take too many risks with his world champion and he explained why: “The downside in this situation is that he lost a little sleep after the worries about moving, less work in training, and that’s why he started on the bench and didn’t play. only 20 minutes the next day. He suffered from not training as he usually does ”.
“It’s hard to imagine our game without N’Golo”
Tuchel did not say what he intended to put the former Caen in the eleven for the return duel against Porto on Tuesday evening. “We decided to spare him against Palace but honestly the decision I take tomorrow morning will depend on what I see in training. We will also look at others and how they feel. “
The German technician concluded by indicating that it will be necessary to be very careful with Kanté given the importance he has within the team, but also the upcoming deadlines. “Normally it’s hard to imagine our game without N’Golo but at the same time we really have to be absolutely careful with him and his situation. Maybe that’s a question for tomorrow, do we want him to start or end the game for us. “
This season, in all competitions, Kanté has played 38 of his team’s 46 matches, including 25 as a starter. He has yet to score a goal, but has offered himself 3 assists. His last full match dates back to March 17 against Atlético.