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N'Golo Kante's workrate and desire to win the ball back has never been a secret by the Frenchman showed some quite crazy speed to retain possession against Bournemouth yesterday.
Chelsea made it four wins from four, with goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge. Kante was once again deployed in his new midfield role and showed exactly what he's all about 15 minutes into the game.
N'Golo Kante misplaced just two of his 62 passes against Bournemouth: pic.twitter.com/XmqXrLqBWc- ReviewFootball (@ReviewFootball) September 1, 2018
After being closed down, David Luiz gave the ball away cheaply in the middle of the park and Bournemouth broke.
But Kante turned on the jets big-time, racing back to his own box to tackle Ryan Fraser when it looked like the Cherries winger had a one-on-one shot at Kepa.
It's an utterly ridiculous turn of pace from the former Leicester City man and epitomises what he brings the table.
Stamina and pace for days. EA Sports seriously need to improve his pace stats when FIFA 19 is released.
As aforementioned, Kante has been playing as more of a No.8 following the arrival of Jorginho, who has been superb in the deep midfield role since joining from Napoli.
It's not the easiest adaptation process, but Kante is enjoying his new position.
"(Sarri) is a new coach, it's a new system. Today we are playing in 4-3-3, the coach makes me play higher in (the number) 8 (role), so in relay," he told RMC Sport after the game.
"I try to combine with the defenders and Jorginho and find the attackers. I like this job, it takes time. We're training for everything to gel, but I think it's going in the right direction. With this team, we can play well."
Kante was once again receiving a lot of superlatives from fans on social media courtesy of his latest display at Stamford Bridge.
What N'golo Kante is doing in the midfield these days has left me speechless. Man's balling away with feints, tricks and passing.- Gautam Karhadkar (@LoftyCheeks88) September 1, 2018
Suck on that haters
Shout out to N'golo Kanté for suddenly reinventing himself as a DM/CM/AM (L/R/C)- Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) September 1, 2018
N'Golo Kante is immense. That is all.- jontait42 :flag_black: (@jontait42) September 1, 2018
What a player.