N’Golo Kante singles out one Chelsea star for praise after Lille win


Der englische Nationalspieler Tammy Abraham (l.), hier im Freundschaftsspiel im Sommer 2018 gegen Olympique Lyon, will sich im 2. Anlauf beim FC Chelsea durchsetzen.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Lyon at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

N'Golo Kante has praised Tammy Abraham for the striker's performance during Chelsea's 2-1 win over Lille in their Champions League game on Wednesday night.

Frank Lampard earned his first win in Europe as Chelsea manager after a late Willian strike proved to be the winner in France.

Abraham put the visitors ahead with a sweet strike in the first half but Victor Osimhen's goal just nine minutes later leveled the game before half-time.

The 22-year-old's goal on Wednesday night was his eighth in all competitions this season and his first ever in the Champions League for the Blues.

Victory against Lille has elevated Chelsea to 2nd place in Group H, just 3 points behind leaders Ajax who are yet to face Frank Lampard's men in this year's campaign.

Kante praises Abraham

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea reacts after missing the final penalty in the penalty shoot out following the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea reacts after missing the final penalty in the penalty shoot out following the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Speaking after the game, the French midfielder claimed that Abraham is doing 'great things' for the club after being given the chance to feature in the first team by the new manager. 

We were expecting a complicated match,’ admitted Kante.

‘Frankly, Lille had a good game, they often put us in trouble, we wanted to win, we managed to win.

‘We’re going to be satisfied with this victory Tammy Abraham is a player who has been in Chelsea for a long time, he’s doing great things and scores a lot of goals, he scores tonight and it’s nice to have him’.

Chelsea's next two fixtures in the Champions League will see them locking horns with group leaders Ajax. A victory in both of them will all but pave their way for qualification to the next round.

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Southampton next for Chelsea

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Shane Long of Southampton celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ahead of next week's international break, Chelsea will travel to face a struggling Southampton side at the weekend, knowing that a win might lift them to up to 3rd place in the Premier League table.

Since their spirited 2-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool two weeks ago, Chelsea have won all three of their games in all competitions.

That run has seen the Blues scoring a mouthwatering 12 goals in only three games, with only Manchester City managing to score more goals during that time period.

Their defense has also shown signs of improvement after some early season scares. They haven't conceded more than one goal in a game ever since Liverpool scored two past them last month.

Given their form, then, the Blues will be going into this Sunday's fixture as favorites, with their hosts own poor form further increasing the chances of a big Chelsea victory at the weekend.

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