MYSTIC N’Golo Kante predicted Chelsea would win the Champions League last season before he had even kicked a ball.
The Blues claimed the coveted European trophy in boss Thomas Tuchel’s first season with victory over Manchester City in the Porto final.
But midfielder Kante had a feeling his side would triumph in the competition – before they had even faced their first group game.
Team-mate Edouard Mendy told BeIN Sports France: "I have the best anecdote of the season. We were travelling with N'Golo, Kurt (Zouma) and Olivier (Giroud).
“N'Golo confidently said: ‘Guys I think this year we will win the Champions League. Yes, I don't know, I have a feeling’. The first day.
“I told him to wait and see how the game (against Sevilla) went tonight.
“That night Sevilla played and honestly, it was the most difficult game we had in the group stage.
“They came to our pitch and they pushed us like crazy, they had the ball 70% of the time.
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“N'Golo I think he ran 13km. At the end of the game, I asked him again and he said: 'I think we’ll wait a little bit before we say that’.”
Chelsea went on to top the group before defeating Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid on their way to the final – where they edged out City with a 1-0 win.
Despite making the punchy prediction, Kante is often hailed as the nicest man in football.
The serial-winner has been hailed for driving a sensible Mini and shopping in supermarkets like a normal bloke.
He was even reported to be too shy to ask his France mates to let him hold the World Cup trophy when they won in 2018.
But while he may be humble off the pitch, he has also been admired as a 'complete midfielder' on it with a packed trophy cabinet to match.
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