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And Fabregas paid his former midfield partner a huge compliment while watching Kante's performance against Real.
Fabregas wrote: "N'golo has always been a big game player. Never doubt him. He plays for 2."
Fans were inclined to agree with his assessment:
Chelsea drew 1-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, with Christian Pulisic grabbing the crucial away goal before Karim Benzema levelled the tie with an exquisite volley.
Only last month was Fabregas marvelling at Kante, giving him a new nickname after seeing him do his thing against Liverpool at Anfield.
Kante is known for being the very best at breaking up play in the middle of the pitch but Fabregas believes the former Leicester City man does so much more than that.
Speaking back in 2017, Fabregas told the official Chelsea website: "Now N'Golo is becoming famous for chasing around and making tackles that recover the ball and end up in goals, but he does other things very well.
"But because this is now his reputation, people just look into this and they don't look to see if he does something else. I think we are winners as a group. We hate losing but every manager is the leader of the team and he is like that too. So it makes us show it in a more positive way."
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