Joe Cole leads the praise for N’Golo Kante after the man of the match in the Champions League final

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‘I’m baffled when I look at him!’: Joe Cole leads the praise for N’Golo Kante after man of the match in the Champions League final, while Joleon Lescott claims he’s Chelsea’s BEST EVER midfielder

  • N’Golo Kante was outstanding as Chelsea triumphed in the Champions League final
  • Joe Cole praised Kante and described his performance as ‘staggering’
  • Joleon Lescott claimed that Kante is the best midfielder in Chelsea history

Joe Cole praised N’Golo Kante after the midfielder put in an excellent performance in Chelsea’s Champions League final against Manchester City.

Kante was outstanding as Chelsea triumphed 1-0, and Cole described the Frenchman’s performance levels as ‘staggering’.

Joleon Lescott, meanwhile, claimed that Kante is Chelsea’s best-ever midfielder over Claude Makelele.

Joe Cole praised N'Golo Kante after his excellent performance against Manchester City

Joe Cole praised N’Golo Kante after his excellent performance against Manchester City

Joleon Lescott claimed that Kante is Chelsea's best midfielder ever ahead of Claude Makelele

Joleon Lescott claimed that Kante is Chelsea's best midfielder ever ahead of Claude Makelele

Joleon Lescott claimed that Kante is Chelsea’s best midfielder ever ahead of Claude Makelele

Cole, who played with Makelele, agreed with Lescott’s comments.

Cole said of BT Sport: “Kante is astonishing. I am baffled looking at him. I played against him in one of my last matches.

‘I played with Makelele which I thought was the best until I saw this guy. He has Makelele plus extras. ‘

‘In the same way where a striker has that instinct for goal, he has it in midfield. Gundogan, Silva and Foden couldn’t read it, Kante just insisted. ‘

Cole described Kante's performance levels as 'staggering'

Cole described Kante's performance levels as 'staggering'

Lescott says Kante is Chelsea's best midfielder ever

Lescott says Kante is Chelsea's best midfielder ever

BT Sports pundits Joe Cole and Joleon Lescott both spoke in glowing terms about Kante

Lescott also spoke in glowing terms about Kante, saying, “They’ve had Makelele, they’ve had Ramires, but he’s arguably the best ever in that position.”

Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, was eager to point out that Kante often makes an important contribution, both defensively and offensively.

Ferdinand said, “He’s doing both sides of the game, unreal.”

Kante can now add the Champions League to his impressive trophies, which also includes two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and Europa League, and the World Cup he won with France.

The 30-year-old proved to be extremely difficult for City in Porto, as his death was of a very high quality.

There were some tough moments for Kante earlier in the season, but Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as manager helped get the best out of him.

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