Pedro Rodriguez has hailed Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as “the complete player”.
The France international has been a key part of two title-winning teams over the past two seasons as Kante won the Premier League crown with Leicester City and Chelsea.
The 26-year-old was named the PFA player of the year following his outstanding performances throughout the 2016-17 season in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.
The Blues midfielder opened his Premier League account for the new season with Chelsea’s second goal in a 2-1 victory over his former club Leicester on Saturday afternoon.
Kante scored one Premier League and one FA Cup goal both against Manchester United in his first season as a Chelsea player following his £30m transfer to Stamford Bridge.
And Chelsea winger Pedro hailed Kante, who is predominantly seen as a defensive-minded midfielder, as a complete player following his performance at the King Power Stadium.
“He’s a very important player for the team, a very good midfielder,” Pedro told Chelsea’s website.
“He’s always running and recovering balls. He also scores goals and he’s a complete player.”
Chelsea lost 3-2 to Burnley in their opening Premier League game before successive victories over title rivals Tottenham Hotspur, top-six challengers Everton and Leicester.
The Blues have the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons but lost 2-1 to north London rivals in the FA Cup back in May.
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AC Milan: Montella to use Chelsea & Conte’s ‘method’ to end crisis.
AC Milan’s 4-1 defeat at hands of Lazio was a very heavy and unexpected one. The biancocelesti gave Vincenzo Montella’s men a lesson they must quickly learn if they are to be regarded as credible Serie A contenders and also if they want to qualify for the Champions League this season.
We have already analyzed how Montella’s mistakes leaded to AC Milan’s harsh defeat. The Italian tactician will now try to turn things around and get the rossoneri back on track given that Serie A and Europa League games will come think and fast in September and AC Milan can’t afford to lose other big games so badly.
Il Corriere della Sera’s columnist Mario Sconcerti confirms the first step of Montella will be to switch AC Milan to a three-man defence. The rossoneri will play with a new 3-5-2 system from the next few games. This new system should give the whole team more stability and would be better for some AC Milan players like Leonardo Bonucci and Ricardo Rodriguez.
Bonucci gives his best when he plays in a three-man defence and not in a 4-4-2. Ricardo Rodriguez and Andrea Conti (who was injured yesterday) are more reliable in a 5-men midfield and Montella is only waiting for Andre Silva and Nikola Kalinic to be fit enough to start and use his new system.
Antonio Conte did also swapped his Chelsea squad to a three man defence last season and this tactical change was a key factor that leaded the Blues to win the Premier League last season. AC Milan fans hope the same will happen at the San Siro.