By Daniel Sandford
15th August 2019,
American writer Mark Twain famously said: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
And Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante certainly was not about to let his 5ft 6in height get in the way of him marking Liverpool’s towering defender Virgil van Dijk at a corner during the Super Cup.
The Dutchman stands at an imposing 6ft 4in and while Chelsea had far bigger men better suited to go up against him, the diminutive Kante decided he would take on that role, regardless of the 10 inch size difference.
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Visibly dwarfed by the centre-back, Kante wrapped his arms around Van Dijk in a gallant attempt to stop him advancing into his penalty area.
Arguably Chelsea’s best player on Wednesday, Kante played 120 minutes in Istanbul, despite Frank Lampard saying he had picked up a knock at the weekend.
The World Cup winner was his usual industrious self and despite Chelsea losing out to Liverpool on penalties, with the game ending 2-2 after extra-time, Kante once again proved he was was more than willing to do what was necessary for his team, no matter how big the challenge.
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