Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has heaped praise on Chelsea star N’Golo Kante and said he would have loved to have played with him.
The 34-year-old is currently playing for Japanese club Vissel Kobe and doesn’t expect to get the opportunity to line up with the French midfielder.
But he has praised one of the stars of the Premier League as the ideal engine-room sidekick.
“He’s a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years,” he told RMC Sport.
“He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.
“His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.”
Italian goalkeeping “legend” Gianluigi Buffon will start for PSG when they face Lille and Napoli in the coming days, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said Thursday.
Buffon, who joined the Ligue 1 giants in the summer from Juventus, last played for PSG in a 5-0 league win over Lyon on October 7 as he alternates with French shot-stopper Alphonse Areola.
The 40-year-old World Cup winner was suspended for PSG’s opening three Champions League group games.
But he is set to replace Areola in Friday’s league fixture with Lille and again in Naples on Tuesday when PSG will be battling for a win to salvage their flagging Champions League campaign.
“He plays a very important role for us because he’s a legend,” Tuchel said.
“He’s had a great career and has a lot of experience. He’s crucial for us thanks to his approach to the game.
“It’s very important that he’s here and that he speaks to everyone to share his experience.”
PSG have won their opening 11 matches in Ligue 1 and sit top with an eight-point lead on second-placed Lille, whom they host on Friday.
But the Parisians realistically need a win in Naples on Tuesday if they are to save a flagging European campaign beset by defeat at Liverpool and a 2-2 draw with Napoli in the French capital.
Cesc Fabregas says Chelsea are seeking the right balance in the Carabao Cup by granting players opportunities while targeting the trophy.
Fabregas’ 41st-minute strike proved decisive in Wednesday night’s 3-2 win over a Derby side managed by Chelsea’s record goalscorer Frank Lampard.
The Spain playmaker won the League Cup with Chelsea in 2015 when a mainstay of Jose Mourinho’s first-choice line-up.
And, although he has fallen behind Jorginho in Maurizio Sarri’s pecking order, Fabregas wants to take his chances when he gets them, including in the League Cup.
“When I first started, Arsene (Wenger, then Arsenal boss) always gave young players a big chance in this competition, and that’s why you see a lot of young talent in it,” Fabregas, whose goal was his first of the season, said on chelseafc.com.
“And then when I first came here, with Jose, the first target was to win the League Cup.
“If you win a trophy in February it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the season, and I agree.
“You have to take it seriously, and it’s a good opportunity for the whole squad to compete.”