Kante has been linked with a surprise move to Manchester United this summer, with Erik ten Hag eager on strengthening his choices in central midfield forward of subsequent season.
However Tuchel believes Kante’s significance to Chelsea is equal to Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool however admits the 31-year-old’s harm points this season have been a ‘concern’.
‘I think he is our key, key player but key players need to be on the pitch,’ Tuchel stated on Thursday night.
‘He plays only 40 per cent of the games and it’s possibly a miracle we arrive in third place as a result of he’s our Mo Salah, he’s our Van Dijk, he’s our De Bruyne. He’s merely that participant, he’s our Neymar, our Kylian Mbappe.
‘He is the guy who makes the difference, if you only have him 40 per cent it’s an enormous drawback.
‘Given that percentage it’s a miracle of how constant we produce outcomes and places every thing in to perspective. I noticed Liverpool final season with Van Dijk they usually struggled closely. You see the distinction, N’Golo is our key participant and he must be on the pitch.’
Requested if Chelsea can clear up Kante’s bodily points, Tuchel replied: ‘It’s exhausting to dwell with as a result of it’s essential for him to be there and to have the rhythm.
‘I think he played okay but he can play so much better but when was his last game that he started? It was weeks ago. So he constantly starts getting rhythm and once he has rhythm he gets a little injury and he’s out once more.
‘Final yr within the final 5 video games of the Champions League they handed him the [man of the match] trophy even earlier than the match, it was so clear when he performed. This man who will get man of the match in each Champions League recreation is just right here for 40-something per cent of video games, that is large for us.
‘We’ll do every thing to resolve it. I don’t blame him but it surely’s a priority.
‘We miss him a lot because he brings something that is unique in world football, he has that ability to lift everybody up and make the difference and this is the challenge for him and for us.’
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