Chelsea's N'Golo Kante: 'Special' to make Champions League debut

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"I am pleased for him to come into Chelsea", Kante told Starsport.

He said: "Personally I played very well, and the team as well collectively are back to, I wouldn't say our best, but we are getting there".

"We have been waiting for a long time to be back playing Champions League, and finally it arrived".

"We try to make them feel good quickly and to understand how we play, how we train. We need everyone this month".

"I think they know how we play and also we know how they play", he continued.

Goals from Pedro, new boys Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesar Azpilicueta, Michy Batshuayi and an own goal on Tuesday made it seem as if Chelsea had never been away from the competition, even though they had been forced to watch from afar for a year.

The PFA crowned Kante as their Player of the Year last season, as he became the most defensive player to win the award since John Terry in 2005.

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Chelsea legend Lampard wrote in his column for the Evening Standard: "The structure that Conte set up last season with three at the back clearly works as they won the title and they have added a few players in midfield".

"We did well last season and now we have to play in the Champions League. I try to improve in training, and give my best in the game".

"Arsenal know how we play, but we know how they play". "In France, he was a very good goal scorer who scored for many, many years and he will be a threat for Sunday's game".

The west London side are now in third place in the table after having won their last three Premier League games on the spin.

"We have to be ready to stop him but the most important thing is the team and we need to win".

Such a night in Europe's top competition was one reason Kante chose to move from the King Power Stadium to Stamford Bridge. Now it's the beginning, we can not expect to do the same. "We play Arsenal on Sunday and we will give everything to win".