Kante, The Key Behind Conte’s 3-4-3 Formation’s Success
Ngolo Kante the key to Chelsea’s success.
Ngolo Kante, the energetic French midfielder has turned out to be an asset of Chelsea this season. He is admired by every Chelsea fan starting from legend Super Frank Lampard to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. Some are even calling him the best midfielder in Europe. So what role he played in Chelsea’s revival from a nightmare season finishing at 10th position to on the verge of winning premier league this season.
The reasons are given below:
Conte’s 3-4-3 formation require a strong midfield which can win the midfield battle against opponent teams. Kante with his tremendous work-rate gives Chelsea advantage over opponents. He always chases opponents keeping them under pressure.
The main reason behind Chelsea’s nightmare last season was the lack of snatching and blocking in central midfield. Kante rectified this weakness with his tremendous tackles and muscular display.
The weakness in 3-4-3 formation is that there are only 3 defenders so if opponents break through midfield they have a greater chance of scoring. Chelsea never played with 3 man defence before. So there was a higher chance of conceding more goals than the previous season. But again came the saviour Kante. He with his tremendous energy always proved to be the 4th defender in Chelsea’s defence.
Kante also provides support in attack.He has a good passing ability and a knack of taking long rangers. This also makes him the key to the success of this formation.
Quotes on Kante:
Antonio Conte: Kante has excelled as Chelsea have taken a commanding lead in the Premier League and Conte praised his selfless approach.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United, Conte said: “I like a lot these type of players. I was this type of player.
“And I always appreciated this type of player, with great generosity, with great ability to work with the team.
“I think it’s important to have this type of player if we want to win. Not only great talent but players who run a lot during a game.
“I think I was stronger than him to score goals but, in the other aspects, there is no contest. He is stronger than me.”
Former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri used to urge Kante to rest during training, but Conte has no desire to instruct the midfielder to do so.
“I don’t want to stop him,” Conte said.
“I remember (former Juventus and Italy boss Giovanni) Trapattoni tried to stop me (running) during training, telling me to go into the changing room because I had to run during the game.
“I wasn’t happy about this. I wanted to stay with my team-mates.”
Frank Lampard: “I’d go as far to say that he’s the best central midfield player in the world on current form, I really would,” Lampard said in his punditry role for the BBC.
“I’d sort of compared him to my head to Makelele last year, and when he came to Chelsea I thought, ‘Here’s their Makelele,’ but he’s got even more to his game.”
“Looking at the way he’s performing this year, he may not be scoring lots of goals but what he’s giving to the team in the way he’s playing, the driving force that he is, I cannot see anyone else out there in world football better than him at the moment.”
Gary Cahill: “N’Golo has been fantastic,” Cahill told the BBC. “His performance level is right up there. You saw what he did last season but he has kicked on again this season.
“He is a humble guy off the pitch and works hard. He is so important, especially to us at the back. He’s been a tremendous addition to the squad.”
Jamie Redknapp: “Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Claude Makelele rolled into one.
“I’ve never seen a player like him. All action, all over the pitch.
“When I asked Steve Walsh, the Leicester scout who signed him, to tell me their formation, he said: ‘Kante on the right, Drinkwater in the middle… and Kante on the left.’
“I could see what he meant watching Chelsea at West Ham on Monday and I can see what Eden Hazard meant with his ‘twins’ comment after the game. It’s as if Kante is in more than one place.
“Kante is small, quiet and unassuming off the field, but when he walks on to the pitch, it’s as if he is wearing a cape. He is Chelsea’s Mighty Mouse. And it is your worst nightmare to play against him.
“He is a modern-day phenomenon. Watching him makes me happy to be retired — imagine him closing you down for 90 minutes!”
So it seems that Kante is going to emerge as the next football sensation. He is the engine of Chelsea and reminds us of the importance of a central midfielder in modern-day football