N’Golo Kante has explained why he considered Tottenham Hotspur to be the toughest opponent he has faced during his first 12 months at Chelsea.
The tireless Blues midfielder told the club’s official website that the Premier League runners-up proved to be the strongest nut to crack for Antonio Conte’s team last term.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men lost two of the three meetings between the two English heayweights in 2016/17, but did manage to secure a famous 2-0 victory over the eventual champions at White Hart Lane in January, and Kante revealed that it was Tottenham’s physical midfield duo that made them such a formidable foe in the centre of the park.
He said: “I would say Tottenham. We had two very tight games against them in the Premier League. They’re a very good team and in midfield Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are so strong.”
Kante made it two Premier League title wins out of two as he helped Conte’s charges secure a second top flight trophy in the past three seasons.
A stunning streak of 13 successive league victories between 1st October and that Spurs loss helped cement Chelsea’s place at the summit of the Premier League, and a pummelling of Ronald Koeman’s Everton team in November 2016 was one result which stood out significantly for the France international.
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He continued: “There were so many but if I had to choose one I would say the home game against Everton when we won 5-0. It was beautiful for us because everything went perfectly.”
The 26-year-old was also asked which Blues strike he considered to be the best pick of the bunch from last season, but ex-Leicester star Kante bucked the trend and opted to pick three goals that he thought deserved to be crowned goal of the season.
He added: “I will pick three. Nemanja Matic’s against Tottenham was brilliant. Eden Hazard’s individual goal against Arsenal was wonderful and Pedro’s against Everton was a great goal, and very important.”