Despite the hubbub surrounding Europe's poor Ryder Cup performance, Anthony Joshua's stunning loss to Oleksandr Usyk, and the dramatic conclusion to the Russian Grand Prix, the Premier League managed to hold the nation's attention. At halftime, Thomas Tuchel summoned Kante to provide Chelsea with some motivation. He scored his first top-flight goal in 49 appearances for the Blues only 11 minutes into his tenure.
Tuchel, on the other hand, decided to play Kante higher up the pitch against Manchester City on Saturday...and it didn't go well. As Manchester City continued to ping passes around him, the French international was knocked out of the game much too quickly. Kante's inventiveness was hampered by his new position, and he was unable to link play as well as he normally did. Kante did, however, give some entertaining moments. The moment he forced Rodri fall flat on his face was extremely popular with fans.
With the ball on the right flank, the Chelsea player threatened to attack down the line before throwing a body faint and turning back. Rodri, who was sold by the transfer, ended himself on his backside, much to the delight of Chelsea fans. Kante, to his dismay, is poised to drop out of the top 10 next week after testing positive for Covid, meaning he will miss both the Champions League trip to Juventus and the game against Southampton the following weekend.
After showing his credentials over the previous two seasons, Bukayo Saka has established himself as a regular in Arteta's Arsenal side. The 20-year-old England international's performance against Tottenham on Sunday, though, demonstrated why he has become a fan favorite. The north London derby sparked a lot of excitement because it was the first time the rivalry has been played in front of a full house since September 1, 2019.
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