Gary Lineker identifies key Chelsea player in title pursuit
By Harvey Byrne
Gary Lineker has identified N’Golo Kante as the key difference between Chelsea’s woes from the last campaign to their successful start this season.
The 25-year-old midfielder made a £32million switch to Stamford Bridge from last season’s champions Leicester.
He was heavily regarded as a vital figure in the surprising title victory alongside Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, which convinced Antonio Conte to spend a large sum of money on the combative midfielder.
Now Match of the Day host Lineker commented on the significance of Kante for both Leicester and Chelsea on his personal Twitter account, following the Blues’ 3-1 win against Manchester City.
Leicester with Kanté: Champions. Without Kanté: struggling. Chelsea last season: struggled. With Kanté: Top. Coincidence? I don't think so.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 3, 2016
Kante has featured in all 14 of Chelsea’s league fixtures this season after playing 37 of Leicester’s 38 encounters in the last campaign.
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He has helped to shore up a defence, which currently boasts the second best defensive record in the league with 11 goals conceded.
Additionally, Conte’s men are sat four points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but closest competitors Liverpool are set to face Bournemouth on Sunday.
It has been a dramatic contrast in form with Chelsea finishing in 10th place with 50 points in their last season.
Meanwhile, Leicester are sat in 13th following their title victory fro the last campaign.
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