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How Tuchel inspired kante to the ucl final



  1. It is the night before the 2012 Champions League final and inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Munich, Chelsea’s players are preparing for the defining game of their careers.


For the likes of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba, it is almost certainly their last opportunity to lift the famous big-eared trophy. They had come agonisingly close before but only suffered heartbreak. This time had to – and would be – different.It is a little more than nine years since that evening. The following day Chelsea would go on to be crowned champions of Europe. Kante’s May 19 was a little less grandios

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There would’ve been plenty of uncertainty for Kante to contend with that Saturday. Due to their relegation, Boulogne would play the following season in the Championnat National, the third tier of French football which includes professional, semi-professional, and amateur side


Kante started out at his local side JS Suresnes and it wasn’t until he was 19 years old that he was signed by Boulogne, although he spent the majority of the first two years with the club in the reserv

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Yet that relegation from Ligue 2 in 2012 proved exactly what Kante – who was not on a professional contract – needed. Boulogne hired Georges Tournay and he installed Kante in the centre of midfield during the 2012/13 campaign.

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