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​Kante lauds Chelsea boss Conte for change of tactics

N'Golo Kante has praised Antonio Conte's decision to deploy Chelsea in a 3-4-3 formation in recent weeks and is relishing an opportunity to push further forward as part of the new system, reports the London Evening Standard.

Chelsea swept champions Leicester aside at the weekend, courtesy of a 3-0 scoreline, and have climbed to fifth place in the Premier League.

Kante has thrived in his new role, which has released the France international from his defensive shackles, and believes it has been key in Chelsea tightening up in defensive areas.

"The new system is working well," he told Chelsea's official website.

"We have been better with and without the ball, and we have conceded fewer chances. Personally I like the system too.

"My job in a defensive central midfield position is to cut off attacks against us, but it has been a bit different in the past two games as I have been able to get forward a bit myself."

The 25-year-old enjoyed a chance to catch up with his ex-teammates but was more than happy to inflict another defeat on Claudio Ranieri's side, who are languishing in 13th place.

"I had a formidable season at Leicester and so it was a special match for me.

"Before the game I spoke to my old teammates, but I am a Chelsea player now.

"Once it started it was just another game. I wanted to help my team get the three points. That's what we did," Kante insisted.

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