Olivier Giroud makes interesting N'Golo Kante Chelsea admission amid Ballon d'Or inclusion

By Danyal Khan

Former Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that international teammate N'Golo Kante hates losing amid the Frenchman's inclusion on the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

Kante, 30, has had a remarkable record of winning various different titles since moving to England in 2015 to join Leicester City.

His achievements such as winning the Premier League with Leicester, the FA Cup with Chelsea and the World Cup with France reflects the winning attitude that the tenacious midfielder possesses in abundance.

That attitude is something that Giroud has realised over the years when playing alongside Chelsea's current number 7, either when they were both in west London or on the international stage with Les Bleus.

In an interview with talkSPORT, the French striker revealed: "Well, we’ve been playing chess. I have to say he’s better than me. I’ve been winning at some of the parties we’ve been.

“I have to say that after I asked him to play scrabble, and I’m definitely better than him. So much better.

“But he’s a top man and it’s true that he hates losing and sometimes he tries everything to win and that’s why we created this song with the national team as he always tries to find a different way to avoid [losing.]

“He never gives up on the pitch. He always tries to step up. You see on the pitch he’s massively important for Chelsea and for the national team. Off the pitch, he hates losing and sometimes I make him a bit upset or angry but he stays the same, very helpful and I always try to joke with him. He’s a top man.”

No wonder manager Thomas Tuchel was a huge fan of the 30-year-old when he joined midway through last season to replace Frank Lampard as he would have relished the chance of having players with the mentality of Kante in the heart of his side.

Tuchel admitted back in May before the Champions League final: "I was dreaming about this player and fighting for this player, dreaming about this player in any club I was coaching so now he’s my player.

"He’s won every trophy except for Champions League, hopefully, he will do everything that we get this trophy and for me he’s an example he’s an unbelievable input for any team in the world.

"We are so happy he plays for us – he is key and will be key tomorrow in the best way possible."

Fast forward to October and they did win the aforementioned title together as the ex-Ligue 1 man was a key component to the tight 1-0 Man City win with his expected but unbelievable industrious performance on this occasion in the middle of the park- nullifying the power Pep Guardiola's side possesses in his star-studded attack.


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