In the 46th minute of the first half on Sunday, with Chelsea leading 1-0 and feeling good, Christian Eriksen collected a loose ball near the top of Chelsea’s penalty box. When neither Cesc Fabregas nor N’Golo Kanté closed him down, he unleashed a 25-yard thunderbolt that changed the match. Kanté never saw it coming.
“We started the game well, we opened the scoring. Then there was that great shot by Eriksen that took everyone by surprise. I think they caused us problems with the way they kept the ball. They deserved to win.”
That moment aside, Kanté had another solid match with 7 tackles, 5 interceptions and 3 accurate long balls on 85% passing accuracy. We expect those kinds of numbers from him. We will need those kinds of numbers from him to end the season on a good note, not to mention look to improve in the season(s) ahead.
“There are some matches left. We have to believe we can do it and see what we can do.”
The remaining seven games of the Premier League season are going to be a major test of the players’ character. Chelsea are trailing Tottenham by eight and Liverpool by ten, with just 21 points left in the season. It looks futile. It probably is futile. But there is only one way forward.
Cesar Azpilicueta is up for the fight. Marcos Alonso is up for the fight. N’Golo Kanté is up for the fight. Let’s hope they can drag their teammates along with them and make Tottenham and Liverpool do it the hard way — earn it.