Cesc Fabregas has lauded N’Golo Kante’s outstanding display in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final first-leg 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on Tuesday.
The former Chelsea playmaker hailed Kante as a ‘big game player,’ adding that the France international always plays for two.
The Spanish star, who left Stamford Bridge in 2019 to join current team Monaco, said this in a tweet via his official Twitter handle.
Goals from Christian Pulisic and Karim Benzema in the first half ensured both Chelsea and Real Madrid played a draw at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Spain.
“N’golo has always been a big game player. Never doubt him. He plays for 2,” Fabregas tweeted. “A close game in Madrid means we’re set up nicely for next week’s 2nd leg at the Bridge.”
Fabregas and Kante played together at Chelsea for two-and-a-half campaigns, winning the Premier League title, FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League trophy together.
Kante has stayed on at the London team since Fabregas left France to join Monaco and has now formed a fixed central midfield partnership with Jorginho in the heart of Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Tuchel has previously spoken about his admiration for Kante’s remarkable engine and revealed he is a big favourite among his family.
‘N’Golo is incredible,’ said Tuchel after the Champions League quarter-finals against Porto. ‘He’s like one and a half or two players. Everybody who sees him for the first time loves him.
‘All my family love him when they watch our games now. It’s so nice to have him, he gives everybody confidence. ‘He has a work rate which is outstanding. Absolutely outstanding. He gives everybody a good feeling and a lot of encouragement.’