While the defence and goalkeeper will take the plaudits for another shutout, the Frenchman’s unrivalled work-rate all across the pitch has undoubtedly been a catalyst for our recent defensive superiority.
Yet Kante’s game is so multi-dimensional that he offers plenty in attack as well as defence. No player on the pitch had more touches (107), passes (69) or completed more take-ons (5) than our number seven, while only Hakim Ziyech created as many chances for the Blues (three each).
Tuchel’s tweaks hand Pulisic a chance
Tuchel made six alterations from the side that lined up against Everton five days previously, underlining his willingness to use the full extent of his squad during this most challenging and congested of campaigns.
Since the German’s first league game against Wolves at the end of January, he has made more changes to the starting line-up than any other team (39).
The most surprising aspect of our tactical approach was the use of Christian Pulisic at right wing-back, a position in which he occasionally played under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund. The American was, however, the most advanced of all our attacking players, highlighting the freedom he had to push forward down the right flank and cause problems to Ezgjan Alioski, the Leeds left-back.