Chelsea fans react as N’Golo Kante is left out of first matchday squad
Tuchel names Premier League side
Thomas Tuchel has named his first Premier League side of the season ahead of Chelsea’s opening day game against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Here’s your Chelsea team news today! 🔵#CHECRY ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/MDLpKIUfO4
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 14, 2021
Having played in the European Super Cup only three days ago, which was not decided until a penalty shoot out, it was unsurprising to see several changes being made by the German coach.
As such, the removal of Kai Havertz, the injured Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi was perhaps predictable. One change that no doubt worried many Chelsea fans, however, was the complete absence of N’Golo Kante from the matchday squad.
The Frenchman, who has been in incredible form since Tuchel took over, played all 120 minutes against Villareal in midweek, and is key to Chelsea’s midfield organisation.
Kante’s absence explained
However, as per The Athletic’s Chelsea correspondent Simon Johnson, Thomas Tuchel revealed that Kante had “some issues” from the Super Cup game, although no further details were forthcoming.
Tuchel said Kante had some issues from the Super Cup game…
— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) August 14, 2021
It is safe to say that the news did not go well with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
With N’Golo Kante injured and RLC not in the squad, Chelsea don’t have a recognised centre midfielder on their bench.
Which given Jorginho isn’t 100% and Kovacic played 120 minutes on Wednesday, isn’t ideal.
— Adam Newson (@AdamNewson) August 14, 2021
Tuchel’s desire for a DM may have just heightened.
The question now is, with Chalobah’s form, Kante’s injury, RLC’s uncertainty + Kounde’s fee and #CFC’s struggle to sell a CB, does the midfield signing now take priority?
Many questions, updates 🔜
— Dan McCarthy (@MaccaSport) August 13, 2021
No Kante or Kai or starting. Palace aren’t going to be easy to beat either. Glad we have the home advantage
— Ollie Ferris (@OllieFerris12) August 14, 2021
No Kante or Havertz. This is going to be painful
— . (@CescAddict) August 14, 2021
No kante yeah we ain’t winning
— Mus🐐 (@musfirsab) August 14, 2021
Kante no play😔😔 https://t.co/IQQs5uqv2p
— Samuell_💫 (@plutoohndrx) August 14, 2021
No Kante? This is going to be a long match
— tage (@ulonnaya) August 14, 2021
no kante😭 https://t.co/lDZ5TNCw4R
— Amir Hamdan (@AmirHamdan15) August 14, 2021
With Crystal Palace under new management in the form of Premier League legend Patrick Vieira, an already tricky game could have just been made far harder.