Claude Makélélé: N’Golo Kanté Needs To Slow Down

Claude Makélélé: N’Golo Kanté Needs To Slow Down
Aug 24, 2017

Chelsea News

Claude Makélélé believes Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté needs to slow down if he is to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League this season. The Frenchman has won back-to-back league titles since arriving in England from Caen but Makélélé insists he will need to learn to manage his work-rate with the addition of extra competitions. 

Following Chelsea’s Champions League qualification, Kanté could be tested by the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, both who wish to retain possession, meaning the midfielder’s energy could take a hit when Premier League fixtures return on weekends.

Speaking to Goal, Makélélé said: “He is a good player. It is difficult to find some who loves running for everything like him and plays for his partners. He is unbelievable and is also clever and very serious. Around him, he has good people to help him to be a great player.”

“It might be difficult for him when he gets older. He can’t run like that for 90 minutes. I think he will one day need to change the way he plays. He could use his intelligence, even more, to be selective about his runs.”

“If you want to play every four days in the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League, he might need to change how much he runs a little. However, Chelsea signed him to play the way that he plays with his running. So that’s the problem.”

“It is important for him to understand to conserve his energy. He is still young, when he is older, he will understand how to change the way that he plays.”

Chelsea face Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday following their 2-1 win over Tottenham and Antonio Conte will be hoping his side can continue their momentum, putting aside their opening day loss to Burnley.

Following the sale of Nemanja Matić, the Blues are said to wish to bring in a back-up to Tiémoué Bakayoko and Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater could be on his way to London. If the deal happens, a midfield duo of Kanté and Drinkwater could be seen once again after they won the title at the King Power Stadium back in 2016.

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