Tuchel admits he can’t stop hugging Kante

The Blues midfielder was UEFA’s official man of the match-winner in the first leg and second leg.

Before the match, Thomas Tuchel has spoken about the importance of N’Golo Kante ahead of the second leg of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Wednesday night

With Mateo Kovacic out injured, Kante has excelled in Chelsea’s midfield alongside Jorginho.

The 30-year-old has also helped his club in the race for a top-four spot in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final and later stages in Europe. Jokingly, Tuchel says that his introverted France international has to accept that he will get a lot of hugs for his string of excellent displays.

What Tuchel said Before the Game?

“He needs to accept that will cuddle him, I do this a lot,” Tuchel began in his preview for the Champions League. “He is a nice guy, almost a shy person. He is quiet, he likes his own quality time and he is not loud.

“I see him smile a lot, I see him interact with everybody but on his own terms, very shy and polite but I am so happy that players like him exist. It is a pleasure to watch.

“What he is doing with his mentality, a real helper always gives everything to help anybody on the pitch as such a nice, humble and quiet guy. He is the guy you need to win trophies. That is why I am so, so happy that he is here.

“I have dreamed about this player, fighting for this player at any club I was coaching at and now he is my player. He has won many trophies except for the Champions League. I am sure he will be doing everything to get this trophy.

“For me, he is an example, an unbelievable input for any team in the world. He is key; he will be key tomorrow. “