Tuchel updates on ‘superman’ Kante

Kante has started 25 of Tuchel’s 53 matches as Blues head coach and the Parisian has now been ruled out of Chelsea’s next match, a visit to Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

When pressed on whether the 30-year-old is starting to struggle for fitness due to his age, Tuchel quickly denied such claims.

‘No. Me personally, I am not so careful when to bring him back,’ said the Bavarian in his pre-match press conference. ‘It is actually a very open relationship with N’Golo. He takes care about this, he needs his time and we respect this.