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Chelsea fans react as N’Golo Kante is left out of first matchday squad

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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.

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.

It is safe to say that the news did not go well with the Stamford Bridge faithful.

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.

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