EPL: Tuchel singles out one player, explains Kante’s removal in Chelsea draw with Liverpool

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Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has singled out ‘super talented’ defender Andreas Christensen for praise after the Den put up an extraordinary performance against Liverpool on Saturday.

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The German also provided an injury update on N’Golo Kante.

Chelsea took an early lead through Kai Havertz’s header at Anfield and looked very dangerous in the attack but the game flipped on its head after Reece James was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor.

Liverpool was also awarded a penalty, which Mohamed Salah scored, with Chelsea forced to play the rest of the game with 10 men.

Tuchel’s men showed character and fought hard to earn themselves a point from the game.

“Andreas has been very strong for us from day one. He started in the central position and finished the game in the right position, because we decided to bring on Thiago Silva and stay with the back five,’ Tuchel said at his post-match press conference.

“Andreas is very strong, he’s super talented. He loves Chelsea, he’s a Chelsea boy from the academy, this has a huge impact in the moment.

“I think he feels the trust, he knows what to do, he can absolutely help, he’s a top defender and a top guy.

“I have the feeling he’s growing every week in confidence and personality, which is good and he’s doing fantastic since day one and getting better and better.’

On N’Golo Kante, the former PSG boss added, “He is injured. He missed the Arsenal game because of some pain in the ankle and some inflammation, but it was nothing serious obviously because he was back in training and he started today.

“In winning the ball in this situation I think the opponent fell on his ankle and he twisted it again and he had immediately the same pain he had before the Arsenal game and he was lacking force to accelerate and we had to take him off.

“Can there be any harder challenges than going one man down and taking N’Golo Kante off at the same time at half-time at Anfield and having Liverpool playing towards the Kop?

“It’s a pretty tough one but we did excellent and I’m super happy with how we did and we feel like we deserved a point very well.”

 

 

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