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‘Midfield is a shambles without him’ – Some Chelsea fans point out absence of key man against Man City

N’Golo Kante proved to be a big miss for Chelsea as they faced Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

City’s midfield was able to easily overrun Chelsea’s trio of summer signing Jorginho, Cesc Fabregas and Ross Barkley for large parts of the game.

Pep Guardiola’s men showed on numerous occasions their ability to carve Chelsea open and split the defence with surging runs which led to Sergio Aguero’s double.

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For both goals, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva were given free licence to charge past the Chelsea midfield uncontested and create several chances during the game.

The lack of energy in the Chelsea midfield could only be explained by the absence of star man Kante.

Although he’s coming off the back of a World Cup winning campaign with France, the Blues could have really used the energy the French international brings to the fray to match the tempo set by Guardiola’s side.

In turn, by pairing the energy and tenacity of the 27-year-old with the creative qualities of the likes of Jorginho and Fabregas, Sarri may well find a balance in his side that will be crucial for their chances of success this season moving forward.

Several Chelsea supporters bemoaned the same issue though, as seen in the tweets below, as they were left to wonder had Kante featured, if he could have been key in securing a very different result as he continues to enjoy a well-earned rest after a busy summer.

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