Thomas Tuchel has showered encomiums on Ngolo Kante following his impressive performance for Chelsea in the 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Champions League.
Kante was immense in the game as Chelsea booked a last eight place in the Champions League for the first time in seven years.
The Chelsea boss has singled out Kante for praises after his all-action performance.
“I never know the age of my players just from performance. If you play with him, you play with half a man more because he gives intensity and volume that is outstanding and is unique,” Tuchel said of the France midfielder, who remains among football’s hardest-working players as he approaches his 30th birthday.
“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.”
Kante was voted the man of the match at the end of the match.
Chelsea await their next opponent in the quarter finals on Friday.