It doesn’t take a tactical genius to appreciate the incredible transformation Chelsea have undergone between last season and now.
From a lethargic, uninspiring collection of individuals under Jose Mourinho to an all-conquering force under Antonio Conte, the difference between the previous campaign and this one is plain to see.
The Blues are currently 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to their mastermind of a manager, a rebirth of several key players and some smart work in the transfer market.
In comparison to their usual standards, Chelsea were rather quiet on the spending front during the summer window with Michy Batshuayi, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Eduardo and N’Golo Kante the notable arrivals.
However, despite costing a rather meagre £30 million, the lattermost of summer arrivals at Stamford Bridge has been one of the most critical aspects of the west Londoners’ resurgence.
It’s a superb deal from the Blues’ perspective, but one has to wonder why the France international would depart Leicester at the first opportunity after being crowned a Premier League champion.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Kante has opened about the motive behind his decision to leave his title-winning colleagues for a then wounded giant of the English game.
“The year I spent there, it’s going to stay in my mind. I always remember this day of May 2, 2016, we’re all together at Jamie’s house and see Chelsea play against Tottenham and it goes from 2-0 to 2-2 and we were champions,” he said.
“At Leicester we wanted to win and not lose and to fight for every minute. At Chelsea it’s the same.
“But the difference is Chelsea is a champion club, who have won everything and there are champion players. At Leicester for nearly everyone it was the first time.”
Kante doesn’t seem to regret moving on considering how he has transitioned from Leicester to Chelsea in such a seamless manner.
If his incredible influence at both clubs can be captured in one stat, he has picked up more points than any other Premier League player over the last two seasons with 120 from 53 games.
With the prospect of a successive league title and Champions League qualification well and truly on the cards in his first season in west London, Kante is unlikely to have any regrets about saying goodbye to the King Power Stadium.