Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise onto N’Golo Kante as he gets back to his best for the Blues.
The France international has long looked a world class performer at this level, but he’s also had some fitness struggles in recent times that have seen his all-round influence on the team wane a little.
Chelsea fans will be thrilled to see the best of Kante again now, with Lampard also clearly a huge fan of what he brings to the team and the way he applies himself in training.
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Lampard’s side have won their last five games in a row in all competitions, with the west Londoners really seeming to have turned a corner with another impressive result and performance away to Newcastle yesterday.
Kante is sure to be a key part of Chelsea’s success as he has been in the past, and Lampard has spoken in glowing terms about how good it is to see the 29-year-old back to his old self.
“Last year, however you want to phrase it, he missed 50 per cent of games with injuries, he had a tough time for different reasons,” Lampard said of Kante after the Newcastle game, as quoted by the Metro.
“We’ve been working very hard to get him fit and fresh with how we manage his training and game time. But his levels of performance are really high.
“I keep saying every time I get asked about N’Golo I have so much faith in him. The top midfielder that he is in world football, and not just breaking up and winning balls back, we know that’s a huge quality, but his passing and supporting in midfield, playing in that deeper role now, it’s been a very comfortable transition for him as he’s playing.
“I’m really, really happy with how he’s playing. I don’t want to tempt fate [with his fitness] because at the minute it’s going well. It’s a constant one for us that we are managing.
“When I came in at the start of last season he had been injured from the Europa League final and that rolled on through the year and we just chased it down from there.
“So that was unfortunate, it felt unfortunate for us to lose him for 50 per cent of games because of the level of player he is.
“We have had a better period with him to get him in a place we’re really happy with. We’re very aware and keep check on his training and his numbers and how much distance he travels.
“Because every time you train and you allow him off the leash in training, he makes ridiculous output because that’s the way he plays.
“We are very careful with that and at the minute we are in a good place and hopefully that continues.”