France's world cup qualifying games has got off to a very surprising start. Consecutive draws in matches against Bosnia Herzegovina, and Ukraine shows that France is missing something important in the squad.
France has one of the most competitive and complete squads with top players like Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Jules Kounde, Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Presnel Kimpembe and so on.
In modern football, the midfield department is the most important phase in a football team. This is where attacks are built and where defending starts. France's inability to win any of the last two world cup qualifying games is due to the imbalance in the midfield department.
This is where Ngolo Kante's influence shines through. His excellent tackling and ability to cover a lot of space in the midfield is a very rare trait among the best defensive midfielders in the world.
Chelsea's Champions League and Super Cup win were successful due to the presence and energy Ngolo Kante brings into the midfield department. This season, Ngolo Kante has been struggling with niggling injuries.
He got injured during the game between Chelsea and Liverpool, which meant he wasn't available for France's world cup qualifying games. Despite the huge amount of talented players in the French squad, it is surprising to see that Ngolo Kante's influence was missed so much.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot, Thomas Lemar and Jordan Veretout couldn't stabilise the midfield in the absence of Ngolo Kante.
Many fans rate Paul Pogba over Ngolo Kante because of his fancy tricks and goals. This is not to belittle Paul Pogba's unquestionable talent. The fact is that despite having Paul Pogba in the team, France was unable to win any of the last two games.
This shows that Ngolo Kante's influence has been greatly underestimated. Fans should appreciate the Chelsea midfielder for his influence at both club and international levels.
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