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  • Updated: May 20, 2022

Tuchel Highlights Kante's Importance To Chelsea's Squad

Thomas Tuchel tagged finishing third in Premier League standing as a 'miracle' given the absence of anchorman N'Golo Kante for most of the season, comparing his importance to Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Neymar and Mbappe.

Kante made only his 20th Premier League start in Thursday's 1-1 draw against Leicester City, a result which effectively sealed the third spot ahead of their final game against relegated Watford on Sunday. 

"I think he is our key, key, key player," Tuchel told reporters. "But the key, key, key players need to be on the pitch and he has played only 40% of the games, so it is maybe a miracle that we arrive in third place.

"He is our Mo Salah, he is our Van Dijk, he is our De Bruyne, he is our Neymar, he is our Kylian Mbappe."

Kante, who has one year left on his deal at Stamford Bridge, has had his season curtailed due to groin and knee injuries as well as COVID-19.

Tuchel likened the impact of the 31-year-old's absence to that of Van Dijk at Liverpool last season after the Dutch defender missed the bulk of the campaign due to a knee injury.

"He is simply that player, the guy who makes the difference and if you only have him 40% of the time it's a huge problem," added the German.

"Given that percentage ... it puts everything into perspective because I saw Liverpool last season without Van Dijk and they struggled heavily.

"He is one of the very best midfielders in the world."

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English Premier League 2021/2022 TABLE

English Premier League
No Teams P Pts
1 Manchester City 38 93
2 Liverpool 38 92
3 Chelsea 38 74
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 71
5 Arsenal 38 69
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