Kante has been instrumental for Chelsea since joining from Leicester, winning the PFA Player of the Year award last term.
And one particular tackle caught the eye, proving extremely worthwhile for Chelsea, who later went ahead thanks to a brilliant header from Olivier Giroud.
Kante’s midfield partner Tiemoue Bakayoko was the man who got all the plaudits for the goal, spraying an excellent pass out to Victor Moses, whose cross was met by a finely placed header from Giroud.
But prior to the goal, the Reds’ pacey front three looked to race away on the break, with Sadio Mane leading the charge and running towards goal through the centre of the pitch.
Mane looked to be bearing down on goal with Gary Cahill backpedalling, but out of nowhere Kante came in on the slide to brilliantly win back possession and stop the attack.
— Chelsea GIFs (@ChelseaGIFs) May 6, 2018
Sometimes it’s okay to go back.
Strap yourselves in. This is a biggie.
Exactly a quarter of them play for Chelsea.
It’s time to stop listening to Three Lions now.
We’d love to see this game played in real life.
They already love his “powerful right leg”.
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Can we do it all again?
Try getting this Southgate chant out of your head.