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Tuchel reveals Kante plan
Thomas Tuchel plans to manage N’Golo Kante’s minutes between now and the international break after admitting the Chelsea midfielder does the work of two players during matches.
“It was clear from the first second of training what this guy is capable of doing. It’s unbelievable.
“You see his intensity in the physical report after matches and you think they may have tracked two players and put it into the same sheet.
“He’s unbelievable in what he delivers in terms of intensity, in terms of ball recoveries, his devotion to the group is world-class, at the highest level. I am very, very happy he is in our squad. “He has come back from an injury so he will not play now every 90 minutes before the international break. We will manage him and we do that with the physical coaches. “We have to take care that he is fit until the international break and when he comes back we hope he has the momentum where can rely on him in every game.
“I’m very happy to have him, Jorginho, and Kova [Kovacic] in defensive midfield, this is exactly the level we need to win games.
“So I am super happy with all of them.”
De Bruyne opens up on Chelsea exit
Kevin De Bruyne has explained his 2014 exit from Chelsea.
The midfielder has gone on to become one of the world’s best midfielders at Manchester City, leaving Chelsea to heavily regret the decision to let the Belgian go.
And seven years on, the 29-year-old has opened up on making the decision to leave to join Wolfsburg, a decision which ultimately led to him becoming a Manchester City superstar.
“I decided to go away because I felt I didn’t have any chances of playing at the time. I didn’t see more opportunities coming so for me, it was the best decision to leave Chelsea and go to a situation where I felt I could start again,” he told The Players’ Tribune.
“Did I expect it to go this way? Obviously not because at that time it was a low point in my career but I never had any doubt in my abilities as a football player.
“I can’t think what is going to happen eight years down the line playing for City, in World Cups and all that stuff. It’s wonderful.”
Chelsea told not to repeat De Bruyne mistake
Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes Tammy Abraham could be the next star Chelsea go on to regret losing should he leave, after the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
“Do I see him being there long term? I don’t, to be honest, I see him having to go away, and we’ve seen that in the past. I’m sure Chelsea would love to have [Romelu] Lukaku right now, [Kevin de Bruyne], [Mohamed] Salah,” he told Optus Sport.
“It’d be slightly naive of Chelsea to think ‘We don’t need Tammy Abraham’.
“He’s proven that he can score goals. I’d like to see him stick around, but I don’t see it happen.”
Abraham is currently Chelsea’s top goalscorer this season with 12 strikes.