What’s the reason? Chelsea player N’Golo Kante is Expected to be Dropped From the France Squad that will Face Croatia
N’Golo Kante struggled with injury during Chelsea’s 2021/22 campaign which Thomas Tuchel admits must change this Season.
The final game in the 2002/02 Premier League season – a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge The game was the moment the team’s captain Thomas Tuchel was asked a rather innocuous question regarding the significance in the role of N’Golo Kante in his side. The answer from the German was an enthralling one.
“I think he is our key, key, key player, but key, key, key players need to be on the pitch,” Tuchel added. Tuchel. “He is only playing 40% of games, which means it’s possible that it is a miracle to finish third. We have him as our Mo Salah, he is our Virgil ban Dijk and he can be the team’s Kevin De Bruyne. He is just the player we need and one of our Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
“He is that guy who makes the difference, but if you only have him for 40% [of the games], then it is a huge problem. Given that percentage, it is maybe a miracle that we produce these results. It puts everything into perspective as I saw Liverpool without van Dijk last season, and they struggled heavily. You see the difference. N’Golo is our key player, and we need him on the pitch.”
Tuchel was not finished, though. Not at all. In fact, the Chelsea head coach added: “Last season, in the final match in the Champions League, he got the man-of-the-match trophy. It was like they nearly gave him that trophy prior to the game. It was as if. The man who gets the title of man-of-the-match during the every Champions League game, he has only been here for about 40 percent of matches in the current year. This is very important for us.
“We do everything to solve it. Of course, he as well. I don’t blame him, it is just a concern and a fact that we miss him a lot because he brings something that is unique in world football, and he has that ability to lift everybody up and make that difference. This is the challenge for him and for us.”
Kante’s issues with fitness have become apparent as he defied medical forecasts to take part for the team in 2019’s Europa League final. While he used to be capable of playing more than 35 Premier League games a season The Frenchman reaching 30 appearances in the top league is a remarkable feat.
As last time in the last season, as Tuchel stated, Chelsea didn’t see enough of Kante. He only made 21 appearances within the Premier League and his form was far below the top standard set by his midfielder. This is why a break during the summer could have been ideal for Kante who turned 31 in March.
But, as with many of his Chelsea teammates, Kante was called up for international duty earlier this month as France taking part as part of the Nations League against Denmark, Austria and Croatia. It seemed as if there would is no time for Kante, the Blues star until the middle of June.
Luckily, Didier Deschamps has taken the unusual decision to safeguard Kante according to reports. The twice-crowned Premier League title winner has not been selected in the 23-man squad to play France’s match against Croatia at Split. Kante will instead sit watching from the stands.
It’s a good choice for Deschamps, particularly as Kante played 90 minutes in the game against Denmark on Friday. There shouldn’t be any risk that are taken when it comes to the fitness of the midfielder as there is no added stress to his body. Chelsea have to wait for Kante to get back to pre-season in a fit and healthy manner Only then will Tuchel benefit from the improvements in 2022/23.