N’GOLO KANTE was scared when he made his comeback against Manchester United.
Despite his worries about a hamstring injury which kept him out for five weeks, the Player of the Year produced a brilliant display as Chelsea won 1-0.
“I need more confidence because when you play after this injury, you have some fear,” he said.
“But with one week training, and this game, I am more confidence but I’m fine now.
“I’m happy to be back. It was a long time for me to be with the staff medical team to treat my injury.”
Kante insisted the champions were still in a good place, despite claims they have struggled as they try to defend their title and compete in the Champions League.
“The season is not bad,” he added.
“In the Champions League it was a bad defeat against Roma, but to qualify we need just one win.
“In the league, we are fourth and we just need to keep going. It was important to win against United.”
Kante has two weeks off after not being called up by France for their international fixtures in the next fortnight.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: My phone wouldn’t stop ringing after shock England call-up
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK claims his phone would not stop ringing after his shock England call-up.
But the on-loan Chelsea midfielder insists he is going to grab his chance with both hands if he gets on the pitch against Germany or Brazil.
And he reckons it is all down to his decision to leave Stamford Bridge and join Crystal Palace for more first-team action.
Loftus-Cheek said: “That is why I came away from Chelsea to get game time. I think that is the most important thing for me at the moment.
“Experience, fitness, just getting used to playing in the Premier League week-in, week out. That is what I am getting.
“It was a really good moment for me and my family. But you cannot linger on it for too long. I have got to work hard and knuckle down.
“I am very happy but at the same time I have still got to work hard. I was just at home when I heard. My phone was ringing off and I was like ‘what is going on here?’.
“Roy Hodgson was happy for me and said I deserved it. Hopefully I can do well. I hope I get to play. But we will see what happens. I am a newcomer so I am not expecting anything.
“All I can do is train well and see what happens. I have had Gareth Southgate for three years in the Under-21s.
“He is a really good manager, so I am looking forward to working with him. We have won tournaments together, him and Steve Holland.
“He is very good with people, players. He treats everyone the same. What you see is what you get with him. He also demands standards in training and that is why I think he does so well.”