EPL: Tuchel singles out one player, explains Kante’s removal in Chelsea draw with Liverpool

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Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel praised “super talented” defender Andreas Christensen after Den put in an extraordinary performance against Liverpool on Saturday.

The German also gave an update on N’Golo Kante’s injuries.

Chelsea took the lead with a header from Kai Havertz at Anfield and looked very dangerous in attack, but the game was turned upside down after Reece James was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor.

Liverpool also received a penalty, scored by Mohamed Salah, and Chelsea were forced to play the remainder of the game with 10 men.

Tuchel’s men showed character and fought for a match point.

“Andreas has been very strong for us from day one. He started in a central position and ended the game in the right position, because we decided to bring in Thiago Silva and keep the full five, ”Tuchel said in his post-match press conference.

“Andreas is very strong, he is very talented. He loves Chelsea, he’s a Chelsea boy from the academy, it’s having a huge impact right now.

“I think he feels confident, he knows what to do, he can absolutely help, he’s a great defender and a great player.

“I feel like he’s growing in confidence and personality every week which is good and he’s doing fantastic from day one and just getting better and better.”

On N’Golo Kanté, the former boss of PSG added: “He is injured. He missed the Arsenal game with pain and inflammation in his ankle, but that was obviously nothing serious as he was back in training and started today.

“By winning the ball in this situation I think the opponent fell on his ankle and twisted it again and immediately felt the same pain as before the Arsenal game and he lacked the strength to accelerate and we had to take it out.

“Can there be more difficult challenges than taking down a man and knocking out N’Golo Kante at the same time at half-time at Anfield and having Liverpool play against Kop?”

“It’s quite difficult, but we’ve been excellent and I’m very happy with the way we did it and we think we deserve a really good point.”

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