Pat Nevin: This Chelsea star made a huge difference against Man United
The Chelsea legend talks up the influence of N'Golo Kante following their 1-0 win against Manchester United last weekend
Pat Nevin has credited N’Golo Kante with making “a huge difference” in Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Manchester United last weekend.
The France international picked up an injury problem during the international break in October to rule Kante out of their Premier League games against Crystal Palace, Watford and Bournemouth.
The defensive midfielder was also absent for both of Chelsea’s fixtures against AS Roma in the Champions League as Antonio Conte’s men conceded 12 goals in five games in all competitions.
Chelsea managed to win two of their five games without Kante before the 26-year-old returned to the starting line-up for the visit of title rivals Manchester United last weekend.
Kante, alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas, helped Chelsea to dominate Manchester United’s midfield as Alvaro Morata scored a 55th-minute winner.
Former Chelsea midfielder Nevin believes Kante was a key part of their 1-0 victory over second-placed Manchester United following his return of an injury lay-off.
“If you look at the core of the team it was all rather exceptional,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.
“N’Golo Kante obviously made a huge difference with no perceptible change in his levels of fitness, tackling quality or general ability after a month long lay-off. It adds to the theory he may in fact not be altogether built like the rest of us human beings.”
Chelsea signed Kante in a £30m deal from 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City last summer to improve their midfield.
The French midfielder helped Chelsea to win the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.