New Chelsea player N’Golo Kante spoke about his new playing-style under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge:
“I think Chelsea is different from my previous clubs because when I played in Caen and Leicester, we didn’t have the ball as much and we played more on the counter-attack,” the French midfielder told to the club official magazine.
“It’s better to have the ball than to run most of the time behind the ball. We defend like a team and when it’s my task to do the pressing and to work hard to win possession, I have to do it.
“That’s what I try to do, work hard to win the ball when we haven’t got it and to keep possession or create a chance when we have the ball.”
“Chelsea have many very good midfielders, but most of the time I play with Matic and, yes, he’s a good player. In training we have done a lot of work together, so in the game we can understand each other.
“When he goes forward, I stay back. When I go forward, he stays back. When you play together, it’s good to understand each other and I think it is a good partnership.”
Kante also explained his evolution as a player, with a difficult early career:
“When I was young in my club in Suresnes, I tried a lot of times to go in an academy of a professional club, but always I missed this chance. They said they had some players like me, or they didn’t like me. So I didn’t go. I stayed in Suresnes until 19, when I went to Boulogne in the sixth division.
“The first team was professional, but the second team was in the sixth division. I did one year in the second team, we went up to the fifth division and after that I went up to the first team in the third division. I joined Caen from there.”