You know what’s better than one N’Golo Kante story in one day? Two N’Golo Kante stories in one day! Three’s even better of course. Four could be dangerous though as it could make our hearts collectively burst. With great power comes great responsibility, as they tell superheroes at Superhero School. Fortunately, N’Golo was in class that day.
In any case, Kante started back-to-back Premier League games for the first time all season on Saturday (separated by two weeks, technically, due to the international break, but who’s counting), and was back on the scoresheet as well for the third time already this season. Unfortunately, Chelsea were unable to turn that into a win and three points, but Kante was proud of the team’s effort.
“We are a little bit disappointed. We wanted to come for the win to keep our run going and to stay second in the table. I think it was a difficult game and we know City are a good team. We can be proud of what we did and we need to keep going for the next game.
”I think we had our chances. We could have scored to equalise but I think we are playing against a strong team. It was difficult, it was tight and they won. It is what we want. We want to fight against every opponent. We gave our best.”
Chelsea’s best wasn’t quite enough this time. Still, serial-winner Kante likes what he’s seeing from the Blues this season. We may not be challenging for the league title just yet, but N’Golo’s confident that we can achieve something significant this season.
“This is the way. We need to believe that we can compete against everyone in the league and give our best to see what we can achieve this season. [...] Everyone wants to play his part and give his best when they are playing. We are a squad together and it doesn’t matter who is playing, you just have to give your best for the shirt.”
It’s hard to imagine where we would be without N’Golo Kante, or what we might or, more likely, might not have accomplished over the past few years. Now in his fourth season at Stamford Bridge, he remains as important as ever to the team, in any midfield setup, be that in a two-man or a three-man configuration. Goals, tackles, passes, runs — he can do it all.
“I want to help the team and keep winning to stay at the top of the table. I am trying to score when I have the opportunity to help the team. I think from the years I have been playing here, and I am now more often arriving in the box.”
“[But] I would rather win than score. [...] I hope we can score more as a team and win many games.”
Kante’s season has been rather badly hit by a series of minor yet annoying injuries, but he now looks to be fully fit and healthy.
“I feel fine. I have a good feeling on the pitch. I went to the national team and it was good for me. I hope the difficulties have ended and I can keep giving my best for the team.”
-N’Golo Kante; source: Goal
May that long continue!