Hakim Ziyech has been described N’Golo Kante as ‘a powerful midfielder’, who capable of covered all the problem in the back, after the Frenchman impressed in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Spurs in the Mind Series pre-season friendly match at Stamford Bridge last night.
The Blues pair, who named in starting lineup against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, combined well to put their side’s ahead in the 20 minutes.
Tireless midfielder N’Golo Kante stole the ball off Tottenham on the half-way line and his tackle found it’s way to Ziyech, who ran forward with the ball before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the bottom corner.
When asked what it is like to play with N’Golo Kante, Ziyech replied: ‘When you have energy behind you, Kante covered all the problems in the back. If he doesn’t play it’s a strange feeling.’
The Frenchman, who handed his first start after returned to Cobham 13 days ago, put in a performance of the highest quality, often winning the ball back and showing promise with his dribbling higher up the pitch.
Kanté, 30, is one of the frontrunnes for the Ballon d’Or after an impressive season in London last season and will be looking to keep up his form going into next season as Chelsea try to win the Champions League in consecutive seasons and push on to challenge for the Premier League title.
Ziyech on the other hand, delivered impressive performances, as he netted two brace goals against Spurs and the Moroccan international is expected to taking his fabulous form into the new campaign after endured a mixed season during his first season in England.