Thomas Tuchel: It’s a miracle Chelsea are third despite missing ‘our Virgil van Dijk’ N’Golo Kante for so much of the season | Football News

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Thomas Tuchel says it’s a “miracle” Chelsea have secured a third-placed Premier League finish despite being without “key, key, key” player N’Golo Kante for so much of the season.

Kante returned to Tuchel’s starting line-up for Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Thursday night having missed the previous four games with the latest in a series of injury problems.

The Frenchman is facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge with his contract due to expire next summer but Tuchel likened him to Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne in terms of his importance to the side in his post-match press conference.

“I think he is our key, key, key player,” he said. “But key, key, key players need to be on the pitch and he has played only 40 per cent of the games, so it is maybe a miracle that we arrive in third place.

“He is our Mo Salah, he is our Van…

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