Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager, has insisted that his side played against Atletico Madrid with ‘half a man more’ due to N’Golo Kante’s presence on the pitch.
Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri secured a 3-0 aggregate win for the Blues over the La Liga leaders at Stamford Bridge.
But Kante turned in a sublime display against the Spanish side, back to his best, with Chelsea keeping another clean sheet.
Tuchel said that Kante’s availability was a ‘big gift’ to him in his post-match press conference.
“I never know the age of my players just from performance,’ Tuchel said.
“If you play with N’Golo you have half a man more because he has a volume that is simply outstanding.
“It is a big gift for me, a guy so, so humble and a big helper on the pitch. Don’t underestimate his quality.”