N’Golo Kante put in another spectacular performance for Chelsea at Elland Road. His display pitched him rightly so against a tough and physical Leeds United side, who registered their first Premier League draw in 19 games.
The enigmatic French midfielder covered more distance than any of the 22 players on field (11.3 km) and also had one of the highest touches (107) throughout the match. (chelseafc.com)
N’Golo Kante’s game by numbers for Chelsea vs. Leeds:
– 106 touches
– 88% passing accuracy
– 14 duels
– 11 ball recoveries
– 5/6 take-ons completed
– 4 clearances
– 3 tackles
– 3 chances created
– 2 interceptions
– 1 block
— Talk Chelsea (@talkchelsea) March 13, 2021
Speaking to Chelsea TV after the match, Kante reflected on the result, saying:
“It was a hard game. There was a lot of intensity and chances for both sides so in the end I think it was a fair result. We’re still unbeaten and we didn’t concede again so we need to look forward now.
It could have been worse. When you cannot win, at least to take one point is something good.”
Kante admitted that Leeds put up a worthy fight to earn a point in the end, calling it an ‘intense game’.
“We could feel at the end that it was an intense game. With a lot of runs to drive the ball forward and to defend the opponent, we wanted to score but they defended very well. We need to get better at this but it’s a focus for the whole team,” Kante said.
Chelsea failed to close the gap with Leicester City and Manchester United & sit in 4th place with 51 points.
The Blues face Atletico Madrid next in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
Tuchel’s men will enter the clash with high-spirits, thanks to a lead from the first leg – a solitary Giroud bicycle kick doing the job.