Thomas Tuchel says it is a “gift” to coach Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who he believes would “fit into every manager’s plans”.
Chelsea head coach Tuchel additionally confirmed the France worldwide will start for the primary time underneath him in Thursday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at Barnsley.
Kante missed six video games for Chelsea after struggling a hamstring harm within the 3-1 Premier League loss to Manchester City a month in the past, however he returned to the facet as a substitute within the closing levels of victories over Tottenham and Sheffield United.
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Tuchel, who changed Frank Lampard on the finish of January, is unbeaten in his first 4 matches as Chelsea boss and is delighted to have a fully-fit Kante at his disposal.
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“I think N’Golo fits into every manager’s plans on the planet,” Tuchel stated forward of Chelsea’s journey to Oakwell.
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“I used to be determined to have him in my staff. He’s a Chelsea participant, a large Chelsea participant and the most effective midfielders on this planet.
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“I’m so fortunate to have him in my squad and I’m so fortunate he is again once more. When you have a look at his efficiency after harm against Tottenham, he simply did what he all the time does – helps everyone on the pitch along with his help, his mentality and his high quality.
Tuchel confirmed Kante will start for Chelsea within the FA Cup fifth spherical against Barnsley on Thursday
“If you see the step he took between the Tottenham match and the 20 minutes against Sheffield, it was huge.
“I’m very, very impressed. I’ve recognized him for a few years as a result of we each got here from French golf equipment. To see him on TV and to now see him dwell, to see how he works, how humble he is and the standard he offers to this staff right here, it’s a reward to be his coach and I’m tremendous pleased.
“He will start tomorrow. He’s an outstanding player who we absolutely need in a strong squad and a big club like Chelsea.”
Chelsea journey to Barnsley within the FA Cup fifth spherical on Thursday earlier than internet hosting Newcastle within the Premier League on Monday Night Football, dwell on Sky Sports from 7pm; kick-off 8pm.
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