Kante: Special day

After scoring the winner against his former club, N'Golo Kante hailed the 2-1 victory over Leicester as an important three points for the Blues.

Alvaro Morata headed us into a first-half lead before the Frenchman doubled our advantage early in the second period, drilling a low shot into the bottom corner from 30 yards when given time and space by the Foxes defence.

Ever humble, Kante’s goal celebrations were muted, but he was delighted to play a key role as we made it three consecutive wins.  

‘It is always special to play against my old team,’ he said. ‘Everyone knows I spent an amazing year here but when I come I try to win. This was an important win for my team and I was happy to score.

‘Thibaut gave me the ball, I had time so I went on a run and shot. I think somebody touched it a little bit, but it was a good goal and an important one for the team. I’m happy to help the team win.

‘It’s always a pleasure to score but I kept it inside because I want to respect my old team.’

Craig Shakespeare’s side pulled a goal back when Jamie Vardy converted a penalty with just under half an hour remaining, and Kante acknowledged how hard the Blues had to work for the victory.

‘It was a tough game,’ he said. ‘They had a lot of chances but we fight and had some chances. We won and that is the most important thing.’

There was a debut for new arrival Davide Zappacosta who came on as a second-half substitute, while Danny Drinkwater was on the bench, and Kante has welcomed the two new arrivals.

‘It’s always special to come to a new club,’ he said. ‘They keep training with us now and they will learn how we play. It’s good to have some new players in the team.’