Kante to be rested vs Everton? Tuchel insists Chelsea must manage Frenchman following return from injury


N Golo Kante

Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea are back in Premier League action on Monday evening, when they will play host to Everton.

The tie at Stamford Bridge marks a key one, with the Champions League race set to be impacted by the result.

At present, it is Chelsea who are 4th in the Premier League table, after 27 games.

However, Everton are just one point behind, whilst also boasting a game in hand.

As a result, the Londoners really need to pick up all three points on Monday.

Tuchel hints at Kante rest

Ahead of the clash, meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has been discussing N’Golo Kante.

The Frenchman has started and seen out all of Chelsea’s last three league outings, after slowly making his way back from injury.

The midfielder was particularly impressive in midweek vs Liverpool, with fans of the Blues no doubt eager to see Kante maintain his starting berth over the weeks ahead.

However, speaking this weekend, Tuchel confirmed that Kante will not play 90 minutes in every game before the international break:

“He comes from injury. He will not play now all games 90 minutes before we arrive at the international break. We have to manage him.”

The Chelsea boss did, though, go on to suggest that if Kante is fully fit following the break, the Pensioners may then be able to rely on him every game:

“We do this now with our physical coaches and we have to take care that he arrives fit until the national break and when he comes back, this is normally the momentum where I hope we can rely on him in every game. I am very happy to have him and Kova and Jorginho in defensive midfield. This is exactly the level we need to win games at the highest level and I am super happy with all of them.”

When taking into account the fact that Kante has, as already mentioned, played all 90 minutes in Chelsea’s last three Premier League fixtures, this may suggest that Tuchel is ready to bench the former Leicester man against Everton.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 27 39 65
2 Manchester United FC 27 21 51
3 Leicester City FC 27 15 50
4 Chelsea FC 27 17 47
5 Everton FC 26 6 46
6 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
7 Liverpool FC 27 12 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 15 42
9 Aston Villa FC 25 11 39
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 27 -9 34
13 Crystal Palace FC 27 -14 34
14 Southampton FC 26 -13 30
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United FC 26 -17 26
18 Fulham FC 27 -12 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 27 -36 17
20 Sheffield United FC 27 -27 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 7

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