N'Golo Kante
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This incredible graph of defenders bypassed in several of the World Cup’s opening fixtures appears to reinforce just how good a player Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is. As if there were any doubts…

Kante is widely considered one of the best midfielders on the planet, and rightly so. He’s the first player ever to win back-to-back Premier League titles with different clubs, with both teams finishing 14th and 10th respectively in the seasons prior to his arrival.

His superb performances at club level have seen him establish himself as a regular starter for the French national team. He is currently in Russia competing in the World Cup with Les Bleus. He was excellent in their opening group game against Australia.

Just have a look at the below graph, which provides data for the number of times defenders were bypassed by opposing players. France’s is just nine, some way below the average and the lowest in the tournament.

Graph

Why is that? Probably because they had the best defensive midfielder on the planet shielding them…

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