Blues captain congratulated his teammate after man of the match showed up on club football’s biggest stage
Cesar Azpilicueta has dubbed N’Golo Kante the best midfielder in the world after excelling in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final.
The France international has added club football’s greatest honor to a list of successes that include the World Cup, Europa League and Premier League, which he won with the Blues and Leicester City.
In addition, he won his third straight Champions League man of the match title in Porto as Chelsea claimed their second success in the prestigious European competition.
What was said?
“It’s simple, yes [he is the best in the world]”Azpilicueta said.” He does it all. The energy he brings, I don’t know how many ball recoveries he had today. The way he pushes the ball forward, he covers so much ground.
“It’s special to have him. Of course when we don’t have him we miss him. After winning the World Cup and now the Champions League he is still so humble as a person.
“I am so happy for him, he is an integral part of this team and I am very happy to have him by my side for a few years.”
What else did the Chelsea captain say?
He praised the players in his squad for not upsetting the squad, although he missed the chance to start at the flagship event.
“In the locker room I know how difficult it can be to be excluded from the squad when we have so much competition in the squad, but everyone kept their ego [to one side] and put everything in favor of the team, “he added.
“For me that’s the most satisfying thing about tonight. The guys up front like Timo, Mason, Kai, Christian when he arrived and the job they did for the team was amazing They have intensified as a group and as a team, we want to build on that and do some special things.
“We’re going to party for a few nights, or for the summer for those who don’t have the Euro I’m sure! But then let’s go, we are part of history for the second time. from Chelsea and we had for the next challenge.
“For me to experience this moment is incredible and I have a lot of emotions throughout this day. We crossed the line and I’m very, very happy. Winning my first trophy as captain is special.
“I lost three finals but the fourth was the right one and the big one so I’m really happy. I’m happy because a few months ago a lot of people doubted the quality of the team but we did it.”