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Chelsea boss Lampard: Unfair to say Kante 'best defensive midfielder in the world'

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says it's unfair to simply describe N'Golo Kante as the 'best defensive midfielder in the world'.

Kante is set to start against Crystal Palace in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off with Jorginho suspended, and it will be the Frenchman's first appearance since early October.

Lampard spoke highly of the 28-year-old on Friday, saying: "People talk about him very casually as the best defensive midfielder in the world but I don't think that's the full story.

"I am not criticising him, it is actually the opposite. There's much more to his game than that. I don't even think at Leicester you could bracket him in that way.

"They had a distinctive way of playing. He suited it, he had energy, he could get around everywhere.

"A defensive midfielder in my mind is someone who sits in front of the back four or back three but I think he has got much more than that. He can give you more."

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