France boss Deschamps relaxed on Kante role at Chelsea

France boss Deschamps relaxed on Kante role at Chelsea

The 29-year-old has suffered several minor injuries over the years and has been used with caution at Stamford Bridge this term.

France head coach Didier Deschamps said he was not concerned about N’Golo Kante’s role at Chelsea, suggesting that occasional rest could be an advantage for the midfielder.
The 29-year-old has been a key figure at Stamford Bridge since joining in 2016, but has suffered occasional injuries.

After missing most of January with a hamstring problem, Kante has been brought back gradually, starting only half of his 12 total appearances.

What was said?

“He’s used to playing at a very high level, he doesn’t run away,” Deschamps said at a Kante press conference. “I’m not unhappy when Tuchel doesn’t start it in every game.

“But it’s all about communication. Players may arrive from their club not in ideal shape and then come back in better condition.

“The reverse is also possible. With Kante, it’s more about physical issues that have lasted for several seasons. He’s not running away but he’s like that, I’m not going to change him.

“With a little experience, he learns to manage himself. ”

The big picture

France will begin qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday with a match against Ukraine, before two more qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The three matches also represent the last chance for players to impress Deschamps before he names his squad for the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament this summer.

With the Blues looking to do better than 2016, when they finished second goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said he and his teammates were eager to impress their manager.

“There are places to be won for the Euros,” said the Tottenham man. “There are still things to be resolved, collectively, to be on top of the Euros.

“It will be settled by the matches, by the competition. There is less stake in the friendly matches, but through these three matches, it will give even more references. It’s positive. As a player, you don’t have to calculate too much. ”

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