Tuesday Nov 30, 2021. 14:00
Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has revealed that Blues teammate N’Golo Kante predicted their UEFA Champions league triumph at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
The London side claimed their second European crown after a storming run under manager Thomas Tuchel in the second half of last season, defeating Manchester City 1-0 in the final.
Mendy recalled a conversation he had with Kante ahead of the first game of last season’s UCL campaign.
“I think I have the best anecdote of the season. [The day of the first match of the 20-21 campaign, against Sevilla, 0-0, at Stamford Bridge] We are on the bus with N’Golo [Kante], Kurt [Zouma] and Olivier [Giroud].
“N’Golo, he is confident, he says, ‘Guys I think this year we are going to win the Champions League’. He said to me, ‘Yeah, I don’t know, I have a hunch’.
“First day eh. I tell him, ‘Wait and see tonight, how it will go’. And there you have Sevilla, honestly, it was the toughest match we had in the group stage. They came to us, they put us in a sick pressing, they had possession of the ball 70 percent of the time.
“N’Golo I think he ran 13 kilometres… At the end of the match, I asked him the question again!”
Kante famously put in a brilliant performance in the final against Manchester City, which was won by a goal from attacking midfielder Kai Havertz.