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The Blues ran out 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and Kante was a standout performer.
He covered the entire pitch and managed to stifle anything the Spanish side attempted, while also providing help in attack.
Case in point was his involvement with Emerson Palmieri's late strike which saw the Frenchman run the length of the pitch in eight seconds.
N'Golo Kanté, who played the entire game, sprinted the length of the pitch in the 94th minute to provide a dummy run so Chelsea could score.
What a player :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/JQ18UNDaM7
- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 17, 2021
No one will notice but that outstanding run from kante in the 93rd minute, the man is unbelievable still one of the best around unreal today :clap::clap::clap: https://t.co/hTPI4hBkUU- Nathan (@cfcmoss98) March 17, 2021
Kante dragged Mario Hermoso away with a gut-busting run from his own half, making space for Emerson on the left.
Emerson then rifled his show low and hard past Jan Oblak to cap off a battling performance from Thomas Tuchel's men.
Many pointed to Kante's determination so late in the game for the reason Chelsea reached their first Champions League quarter-final in seven years.
That Kante performance was something else. Not just back to his best, but perhaps his best performance, among many great performances, for Chelsea.- Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) March 17, 2021
Kante played the whole game look at that run man Jesus Christ :flushed:- Alex (@AlexNjenga205) March 17, 2021
It's amazing how Ngolo Kante's run freed up Emerson. Even without a ball Kante is dangerous!!- Ambei Milimu (@milimuambei40) March 18, 2021
This is insane. Wins the header and makes the third man run. If he doesn't make the run the defender doesn't get pulled wide and creates the opening for Emerson. That was all Kante- Apa (@Apa_mallis) March 17, 2021
Kante actually out run Pulisic in the 94th min- Nana Bremang Annang :flag_gh: (@NanaAnnang) March 17, 2021
Chelsea won the tie 3-0 on aggregate overall and Tuchel remains unbeaten in his first 13 games since taking over in January.
The 47-year-old paid tribute to Kante post-match and stressed just how important his contribution was.
Per Goal, Tuchel stated: "I never know the age of my players just from performance.
"If you play with him [Kante], you play with half a man more because he gives intensity and volume that is outstanding and is unique.
"It is a pleasure to coach him, a big gift for me, such a big helper on the pitch; and don't underestimate his quality in using [the ball], escaping the pressure.
"He can improve with the ball, but it is fantastic to have him. Kova [Mateo Kovacic] and him needed to step up today and the two knew they could be relied upon, they took all the weight on their shoulders and did a fantastic job."
Chelsea will find out their quarter-final opponents on Friday.
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