Tuchel backs ‘unbelievable’ Kante to be ‘key’ in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final

Thomas Tuchel supported N’Golo Kante as being the “ key ” to Chelsea’s hopes of defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.

Chelsea will host the Spanish champions tomorrow night in the second leg of their last four games, with both sides drawing a 1-1 draw in the first meeting.

Christian Pulisic’s away goal put Chelsea in a favorable position to reach the final, while midfielder Kante was a prominent figure in the draw in the Spanish capital.

Kante has played since Tuchel’s arrival as head coach in January and has looked back at his best in recent months, with the Chelsea midfielder looking to complete his set of illustrious major accolades after having won the World Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League in recent years.

When asked if Kante could potentially improve, Tuchel said at his pre-match press conference: “Where to go? He’s the guy you need to win trophies, which is why we’re so happy he’s here.

“I dreamed, I fought for this player in any club that I have coached. Now he’s my player. He is incredible. He is key, he will be key tomorrow.

“He’s calm, he likes having his own quality time. He’s not loud but I see him smiling a lot, interacting with anyone, but on his own terms.

“I’m so happy that players like him exist. It’s a pleasure to watch. He has the mentality of a real helper.

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