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The deceptive run from N’Golo Kante that everyone was talking about during Chelsea’s 2-0 win Atletico Madrid

There is no worse-kept secret in world football than the fact that N’Golo Kante is a machine. The French pocket dynamite is a force of nature, terrorizing opponents with his extraordinary work rate and his immense ability to intercept the ball and curb potential danger for his team.

Kante did justice to his brilliant reputation in Chelsea’s Champions League Round of 16 clash against Atletico Madrid last night, as the World Cup-winning midfielder put in a truly tireless shift that secured him the Man of The Match award on the night as Chelsea emerged 2-0 winners – thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri.

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The West London club progressed to the quarter-finals on 3-0 aggregate, as their most important midfield asset shone the brightest on the night – particularly late in the game to secure the win for Chelsea.

Kante put on a dominant display alongside Mateo Kovacic in midfield, as the midfield pairing cleaned up any chances of potential damage by Diego Simeone’s side. Kante was everywhere on the pitch – be it connecting the defence with the attack, or covering up for the Chelsea attack every time Atletico tried to get at them on the counter.

The tireless Frenchman showed immense ability and intent to venture down the field even late in the game – as could be seen from the run that he made into Atletico’s defensive third in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Kante showed unbelievable work rate and an acute footballing brain, as he went on a deceptive run towards the depleted Atletico rear guard on the counter – just so that he could occupy a backtracking defender while opening up space for Christian Pulisic running with the ball, who passed to the untracked Emerson Palmieri who eventually scored Chelsea’s second of the night.

The passage of play summed up what a priceless asset that Kante is for the club, as he put on an incredible performance to push Chelsea to the brink of qualification to the quarter-finals – which they eventually did end up securing on the night.

Here’s how football fans reacted to N’Golo Kante’s world-class display last night –

Just so we are clear how good Kante was last night, here is a video summarising his performance –

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By Sagarneel Chakraborty

Living and breathing everything regarding the beautiful game for a decade. Avid follower of all things football, with a soft corner for the Blues.

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