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N’Golo Kante put on an exhibition of long range passing during win against Aston Villa

Chelsea played their first match since the commencement of the Premier League at Villa Park on Sunday.

The Blues won 2-1 with goals from Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic completing a much-needed comeback win in the race for top 4.

Frank Lampard’s men looked rusty in the 1st half and eventually went down after Kortney Hause scored his first goal in the Premier League.

Lampard made some bold changes in the team by picking up Giroud ahead of Abraham and Loftus Cheek, who made his first start in 13 months, instead of Barkley.

He also placed N’Golo Kante at the base of his midfield, which paid dividends.

There’s a massive controversy about Kante’s favored position which makes the news incessantly.

Many believe he should be used as an attacking midfielder due to his athleticism and technical ability.

While others believe, if deployed as the deepest midfielder, the World Cup winner is second to none.

In the game against Aston Villa, he showed what he is capable of doing in the defensive midfield position.

Providing protection for the Chelsea back four, Kante eliminated Villa’s transitions by positional awareness and swiftly spreading the play with the help of some delicious long-range passes –

To put these words into numbers he made 76 Passes, 2 key passes, 9 long passes, 5 recoveries, 2 tackles, 1 interception, was dispossessed 0 times and was not dribbled passed even once.

All these stats should settle the rumours of Kante leaving Chelsea as he yet again proved that he is one of their best assets.

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