Monday, 19 March 2018

Chelsea fans single out one player for special praise following Leicester win

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Chelsea’s supporters have taken to Twitter in their numbers this evening to heap praise on midfielder N’Golo Kante, following the Frenchman’s Man of the Match performance during the club’s clash with Leicester City.



Matchup

The two sides went head to head at the King Power Stadium, in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Hosts Leicester came into proceedings on the back of a 4-match unbeaten run, including a 4-1 demolition of West Bromwich Albion last time out.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were hoping to bounce back after falling to defeats in 3 of their last 4 outings, the latest of which saw the Blues ousted from the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona.

Teams

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Leicester City

@LCFC
Here's our starting XI to face Chelsea: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Iborra, Mahrez, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy.

Subs: Hamer, Fuchs, Dragović, Silva, Gray, Okazaki, Diabaté. #LeiChe

8:30 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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Chelsea FC

@ChelseaFC
Chelsea team: Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

Subs: Eduardo, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud. #LEICHE

8:30 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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The first-half this evening saw clear-cut chances few and far between, though visitors Chelsea were the side clearly on top for the vast majority of the opening 45 minutes.

And the dominance of the away side paid off 3 minutes before the interval, as Willian’s driving run and perfectly-weighted pass set Alvaro Morata through one-on-one with Kasper Schmeichel, with the Spaniard opening up his body to angle a gorgeous finish past the onrushing Dane at the far post.

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The second-half saw Leicester come into the game more, with Jamie Vardy skying a huge headed chance and Riyad Mahrez looking dangerous.

But the hosts’ valiant efforts were finally rewarded 15 minutes from time, when Vardy eventually bundled home following a prolonged goalmouth scramble in the Chelsea box.

1-2

The clash subsequently went to extra-time, with Pedro’s goal in the 105th-minute having proven the difference between the sides when all was said and done.

The Spaniard beat Kasper Schmeichel to N’Golo Kante’s lofted cross to the penalty spot, before nodding home into the empty Leicester net.

Reaction

In an excellent all-round day for Chelsea (the Blues have since drawn Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals), one man was singled out for special praise by the club’s fans.

The player in question is N’Golo Kante, who was at his brilliant, all-action best this evening, dominating the middle of the park at the King Power to drive his side on to a crucial win.

Check out the best of the Twitter reaction to Kante’s Man of the Match display below:



@Chelsea_Related
Pundit on Kantè : “It’s not just the defensive side, it’s his movement, his passing. He’s been on a different level to anyone on the pitch.”

11:54 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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@ChelseaDyl
The commentators really putting some deserved respect on N’Golo Kante’s name. I like it.

11:51 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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@sftbI
Kanté the best player at Chelsea football club for two seasons in a row

11:40 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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MRS HAZARD
@Wemmy__
I'll never get over Ngolo Kante

Midfield El Chapo💪✊✊

12:14 PM - Mar 18, 2018
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CFC
@CFCWriter
I've run out of words to praise Kanté.

10:02 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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@OfficialCheIs
“Kante will get exposed in the CL”
(Didn’t happen)

“Kante can’t pass”
(Not true)

“Kante just runs”
(You’re deluded)

Kante keeps on proving doubters wrong..

11:46 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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Jake Heasman

@jakeheasman
N’Golo Kante is simply unbelievable. Nothing that man can’t do. Needed a bit of creativity and he steps up. Take note Fabregas. #LEICHE

11:41 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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Dami
@TheChelseaWay
N'Golo Kante. Great passer. Great dribbler. Great defensive player. Great attacking player. Zero dabs. Zero haircuts. 100% commitment and talent.

12:05 PM - Mar 18, 2018
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Mark Worrall

@gate17marco
A battling and deserved victory imo. Kante an absolute beast. I reckon he could play another 90 minutes plus extra time now and be MOTM again! Just need Zola and Cech to do Chelsea a favour & pair us with Southampton in the semis. Wembley here we come!

12:02 PM - Mar 18, 2018
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Jamie
@jmemc10
Ngolo Kante is the best CM in the premier league

11:40 AM - Mar 18, 2018
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Simon Phillips
@SiPhillipsSport
N’Golo Kante man of the match, vice man of the match, vice man of the match runner up and any other damn award we can give him!

Immense. Super human. World class.

12:03 PM - Mar 18, 2018
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Ali 🇬🇭 [Pinned]
@TheBeardedRauI
Football in my mind has been categorized as
Amateur level
Professional level
Brilliant level
Kante's level

12:02 PM - Mar 18, 2018
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@CescMagician
N'Golo Kante is the best midfielder in the Premier League and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

12:15 PM - Mar 18, 2018

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