Wednesday, October 27, 2021

KANTE BLAME HIM Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante “tries everything to win” and is so competitive that he hates losing at Scrabble, says Olivier Giroud

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OLIVIER GIROUD has revealed that the nicest man in football, N’Golo Kante, has a mean streak, but only when it comes to losing at board games.

Edge, 30, is not only one of the most successful players in the world, but also one of the most popular characters in football.

Former Chelsea team-mate and France international Olivier Giroud, 35, speaks ardently of Edge as a player and a man, but has also revealed its competitive strength.

In an interview with talkSPORT Breakfast Giroud said: “We played chess – I have to say he’s better than me.

“I asked him to play Scrabble and I’m definitely better than him, so much better.

“He’s a fun person, a top man, and he hates to lose. Sometimes he tries everything to win and that’s fun for him.

“That’s why we created this song with the national team that he always tries to find a way to always avoid defeat.

“He never gives up. He tries to strengthen himself on the pitch and is extremely important for Chelsea and the national team.

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“Outside of the pitch, he hates losing and sometimes makes him a little upset and angry.

“I always try to joke with him, he’s a top man.”

Edge was nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or together with his teammates Jorginho, Romelu Lukaku and Cesar Azpilicueta.

He made 48 appearances for Chelsea last season and played a pivotal role in the Champions League final triumph over Manchester City.

Giroud said: “He had a great season last year. He’s a big part of the Champions League’s success, but I think he at least deserves it.

“In order to win him, there are great players next to him. I am very happy and proud of him that he is so close. “

Giroud spent four years at Kante’s side at Chelsea, winning the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League together.

But the striker left Stamford Bridge this summer after fighting for minutes under Thomas Tuchel and joined AC Milan on a two-year deal.

The Frenchman has already scored twice in his three league games for the Rossoneri and has revealed that he is enjoying life in Italy with his new team-mates, including the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Commenting on his new teammate, Giroud added: “Zlatan is a strong personality. He’s a different class player.

“It takes up a large space in the locker room. He’s an important player and he’s always joking with the guys in the locker room.

“I didn’t know him, but I talked to him a bit, he’s a top man and the leader in the locker room.

“I’m looking forward to playing with him on the pitch.”

Giroud was banned from the French Nations League winning squad, who beat Spain 2-1 at the weekend, while Kante was missed after a positive coronavirus test.

Giroud and Kante both started in the 2018 World Cup final, in which France beat Croatia 4-2 in Russia and became world champions for the second time.

Les Bleus will be among the favorites to keep his crown at next year’s World Cup in Qatar and Giroud and Kante will both be desperate to form Didier Deschamps’ squad.

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