N’Golo Kante is well and truly back to his best after scoring another Man of the Match for Chelsea in their 2-0 away win over Newcastle on Saturday.
The World Cup winner has been compelling for Lampard’s new look this season and continued his fine form at St James’ Park, achieving more tackles (4) and more interceptions (3) than any other player in the Blues in the field.
Last season, an injury hampered Kante’s usually exceptional performance, but he’s unmistakably back to his best, and Lampard has praised the 29-year-old after the victory.
“I don’t want to tempt fate because the minute he’s doing well,” he said. “It’s a constant for us where we manage it.
“When I got there at the start of last season he had been injured in the Europa League final and that continued throughout the year so we continued him from there.
“We’ve had a better period of him to put him in a place where we’re really happy.
“We are aware and we are monitoring his training, his numbers and the distance he travels, because every time you train and leave him off a leash in training he is doing a ridiculous performance because of the way he rides. to play. We are very careful with this and the minute we are in a good position and I hope it will continue.
“Last year he missed 50 percent of the games with injuries, he had a tough time for different reasons and we are working really hard on that to make him also fit and fresh. Now we are managing his training and playing time, but his performance levels are really high.
Chelsea are next in action on Tuesday as Lampard’s shaped side look to secure six straight wins at Rennes in the Champions League.