Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Chelsea are ‘lucky’ to have N’Golo Kante and Jorginho as part of their midfield.
After several impressive performances in the Blues’ successful Champions League run last season, the pair have been praised by their boss for their efforts and there’s even been talk of them both having a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or.
Jorginho’s chances of winning the award have now been strengthened after he helped Italy to win Euro 2020 earlier this month following their penalty shoot-out victory over England in the final at Wembley.
Club legend Gianfranco Zola has even insisted that the 29-year-old deserves the award ahead of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi who finally got his hands on an international trophy for Argentina after beating Brazil in the final of the Copa America.
The Ballon d’Or question was raised to Tuchel in an exclusive interview with the official Chelsea website, and although he didn’t disclose too much about his thoughts on their chances, he did emphasise how fortunate he is to have players of that stature at the club.
“It’s good that they talk about our players first of all, and that it shifts a little bit and the guys like Jorgi and like N’Golo Kante are in the spotlight, because they are so, so useful and so, so helpful for any team in the world. And we are so lucky to have them,” he said.
In addition to praising two of his star midfielders, he wanted to make it clear that the club are also grateful to have powerful Croatian, Mateo Kovacic.
“Mateo Kovacic is another of that kind, he has the same mentality, the same ability, so we are absolutely happy to have these three midfielders,” he added.
“They’re such a big help to any team in the world. Their approach to football is they’re true team players. They are true helpers. They make things easy for the others, they don’t hide from a lot of work, putting in a lot of effort for others.
“This is a fantastic message to football in general, that these guys come to the spotlight. They’re famous for teamwork. This is good, it sends the right message.”
Tuchel will be hoping that his midfield trio can keep up their incredible form as he hopes to guide Chelsea to the Premier League title for the first time since 2016/17.
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