N’Golo Kante is set to play the second World Cup game of his career today when France take on Peru.
Reports coming out of Russia suggest Olivier Giroud will begin the game too, the striker having come on as a sub in Les Bleus’ opening 2-1 win over Australia.
Peru were defeated 1-0 by Denmark who had Andreas Christensen in their defence, although the South American side showed good attacking intent, which was noted by Kante.
‘They [Peru] play with a lot of intensity and commitment and give it all they’ve got,’ the Chelsea midfielder told FIFA.com. He was also asked about his own performance in the Australia game.
‘What matters to me is winning,’ he responded. ‘It was vital for us to come away with three points. Sometimes there are vital defensive situations that can change the outcome of a match. And on Saturday, without [goalkeeper] Hugo Lloris, we’d have gone 1-0 down in the 20th minute. We were all grateful to him.’
'I’m just a defensive player. It’s the lowest position. I’ve got the ball-carriers in front of me, and it’s our job as midfielders to link up with the defence and pick out the forwards so we can create chances.'
— N'Golo Kante
‘Arriving in Russia was special,’ Kante added. ‘It’s taken a lot of work and effort to get here and I feel very proud.’