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Thomas Tuchel praises “outstanding” N’Golo Kante after victory over Atletico Madrid

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Chelsea boss,Thomas Tuchel has praised  N’Golo Kante, insisting that Chelsea played Atlético de Madrid with “half a man more” due to the Frenchman’s presence on the pitch.

Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri on the night saw the Blues win 3-0 on aggregate over La Liga leaders at Stamford Bridge, booking their place in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw.

Kante made a sublime display against Diego Simeone’s side, back to his best form, as Atlético could not contain him on the night.

The German described having a player like Kante available as a “great gift” at his post-game press conference, praising the 29-year-old’s “outstanding” performance.

“If you play with N’Golo you have half a man more because he has a volume that is simply outstanding.

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“It is a big gift for me, a guy so, so humble, and a big helper on the pitch. Don’t underestimate his quality.”

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Former Blue winger Joe Cole also heaped praise on the French International.

“He is back to his best. He was sensational,’ Cole told BT Sport. ‘He has the canny ability where he is in the right place at the right time.

“Players do not get round him. It is like having two men in there. He looks about five years younger again.”

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