Thomas Tuchel has explained why he’s so excited to work with N’Golo Kante and admits he is delighted to be coaching the Chelsea midfielder.
Chelsea have made a positive start to life under the new head coach and continued their unbeaten record under the German with a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday, the former Paris Saint-Germain manager still discovering the players available to him at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel was unhappy with several performances at St Mary’s and substituted Tammy Abraham following an ineffective showing at half-time, before ruthlessly removing the forward’s replacement in Callum Hudson-Odoi just 30 minutes after he had been introduced.
One player who has delighted Tuchel, however, is Kante and the France international produced an impressive performance on the South Coast to finish with 13 ball recoveries and seven tackles made.
Tuchel admits he is delighted to have the midfielder amongst his ranks and has lavished praise on the 30-year-old, before insisting his side must use Kante’s prolific ability to win back possession better as they look to improve.
‘With N’Golo, I saw how well he’s been playing in training and of course I’ve known about him for many years,’ Tuchel told chelseafc.com.
‘I’m very happy now that I am his coach and I have the chance to work with him every day.
‘This guy, wow. He steals every ball that is around 10 metres. We need to use these balls better, when N’Golo steals and wins possession for us, we need to react quicker and use these to our advantage.
‘We need to attack the space behind the last line better and we need to use our speed better to create more chances.
‘I’ve learnt many things and as I said earlier, it is a process. I’m seeing more and more of my squad and where we can improve.’