Against the backdrop of France's famous win over the weekend,which saw Les Bleus reach the semi-finals of the Nations League,N'Golo Kante was treated less frequently to seal victory against Portugal.While the midfielder retired with occasional goalscoring at club level,including three goals last season against Liverpool and Manchester City,his close rebound in Lisbon was the first for the national team in four years.
During this time he naturally helped Didier Deschamps' men win the World Cup,qualify for the late European Championship and is now the first team in the last four second edition of the Nations League finals.The Parisian is practically a national hero in his homeland,prized for his belittling attitude and his selfless work.He's not often the focus of attention,but after scoring the only goal of a tough competition against Portugal he has to think about the result.We knew we had to score a goal to win,otherwise the game would put us in a good position,said Kante.I didn't know it would happen to me,but I'm happy.
We have a good feeling on the pitch. We know it's an important game where we have to score goals and win.That's why I'm satisfied with my performance, team performance and top four qualifiers.
The League of Nations final will take place in October 2021,so his place on the international priority list will now be postponed from the postponement of Euro 2020,which is scheduled for June.As the current world champion, expectations of France will be high,but Kante sees an open field.
We have a lot of expectations and we have very good players in our team,he admitted.we won the world title,so we're a good team,but the euro would be a different story.
There will be lots of good teams and anything can happen in a competition,but we definitely have a great team.With qualifying under their belt, France have the tire against Sweden in Paris tomorrow before attention is drawn back to the club's busy campaign. In recent weeks,Kante has returned to his best roaming role as Frank Lampard's Blues.Keeping up with the team's form,they have won four matches in a row and lost only once in all competitions.
Two-time Premier League champion,the 29-year-old knows what it takes to cover the distance and urges his team-mates to maintain that standard during a promising relentless winter.
The team has changed in recent years but the coach has been here for a year and has worked together,he added.We have recruited some new players.We are trying to maintain Chelsea standards to win titles and be on top of the nation.We are in a good position at the moment and I hope we will continue that record.
Ben May Miss Chelsea's next game
England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed Chelsea defender Ben Chillwell suffered a back injury during the country's defeat to Belgium on Sunday night.The 23-year-old star had to evacuate just 38 minutes after scoring in the first half. Dries Mertens and Yuri Tillemans sealed a 2-0 win for Belgium.
Ben's complaint will be considered ahead of Wednesday's Nations League final against Iceland, but the Chelsea defender is unlikely to take the risk as both teams have already dropped out of candidacy.The Blues are now waiting to see the extent of the defender's injury before continuing their PL campaign against Newcastle United on Saturday.
When asked about Chillwell's injury after England lost to the Red Devils,Southgate said:He has a back problem that he complains about and he doesn't feel like he can go on with it.I can't give you any details at this time.Barcelona is preparing to move to Chelsea Antonio Rudiger in January.
The Catalan team is expected to move into a new half-life in early 2021 as head coach Ronald Koeman has limited options in this area.
Samuel Umtiti can leave the winter transfer window and leave the La Liga giants with only Gerard Pique,Clement Langlet and Ronald Araujo as senior team options.According to Sport,Barca have identified Rüdiger as a possible acquisition as he is still struggling to reach a deal with Manchester City for his former descendant Eric Garcia.
Rudiger was heavily involved in a transfer from Stamford Bridge in the summer but the transfer market was closed as the defender was still at the club.
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