N’Golo Kante is hoping his colleagues can successfully see off Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night so he has the chance to play again this season and add a European trophy to the impressive list of domestic honours and the World Cup with France that the 28-year-old has accumulated.
After Sunday’s game, Maurizio Sarri reported it will be difficult for the hamstring injury suffered by Kante against Watford to recover in time for him to feature in the semi-final second leg, or the match at Leicester at the weekend, although he is hoping his player could be back should we make the final in Baku on 29 May.
The boss took responsibility for Kante coming off having selected him when he ‘probably had to rest’.
Kante, speaking about it, said: ‘I had no problem [before the game], I was fine and it just happened,’ before adding: ‘After a difficult time in the league we have the opportunity to finish well with third position, so the final game in the league will be an important one against Leicester and we still have the second leg of the Europa League and we still have to qualify for the final.’
However due to inconsistency that has been a feature this campaign, he says the squad are taking nothing for granted, despite having the advantage of an away goal heading into this second leg at 1-1.
‘Many times in the season we have been winning and losing, winning and losing, so we have to see if we can get what we want on Thursday and go to the final.
‘We are doing better, I think we understand the idea of the manager. This season I have tried to add something to my game, to play more in front, to give the best last passes and to take chances to shoot. It is something I think I improve this season and I am happy for that.’