Article by Siddharth Bhatnagar
N’Golo Kante has been labelled ‘redundant’ after the Chelsea star struggled to get to grips with Spain’s midfield in France’s 2-0 defeat on Tuesday evening.
David Silva’s penalty and Gerard Deulofeu’s strike secured victory at the Stade de France, while Antoine Griezmann had a goal ruled out after intervention from the new video assistant referee. Kante, meanwhile, showed no signs of slowing up with his incredible work rate, but Chelsea’s midfielder was outclassed by Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. Kante’s ineffectiveness was highlighted in the second goal as Busquets’ superb pirouette triggered Spain’s attack, leaving the Frenchman chasing shadows for the rest of the move.
“Kante is the best player in the Premier League at the moment and yet Spain aren’t giving him a moment. He’s redundant today”, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince told the press.
“Iniesta is magical to watch, it’s a pleasure to see him play. He’s pulling the strings.”, Ince added.