Didier Deschamps has described N’Golo Kante as “a little phenomenon” – but the France coach can’t explain the midfielder’s “horrible” World Cup final.
Kante was superb during Les Bleus’ run to the Moscow showpiece last week but against Croatia, the Chelsea star was substituted during the second half after a subdued display.
“I do not know what happened with N’Golo in the final,” Deschamps said. “It was horrible for him.
“N’Golo is a real ray of sunshine, a true joy.
“When he came off, I asked him if he was OK. His quiet reply was: ‘No, no, do not worry — I am fine, coach.’
“Everybody loves N’Golo — he is a little phenomenon.”