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Marcus Rashford hails Chelsea star’s work rate: ‘It’s like there was two of him’

By Chris Smith

Published: 13:39, 26 May 2019

Marcus Rashford has hailed Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as the hardest working player he has ever played against.

After playing much of his football in the French lower league during the early part of his career, Kante has shot to prominence in recent years, winning Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea, as well as the 2018 World Cup with France.

Despite being renowned as a supreme holding midfielder, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has fielded Kante in a box-to-box role this season, with his limitless energy leaving him well suited to the task – so much so that Rashford claims it’s like playing against two players at once.

“The first time I played against him [Kante], he was playing for Leicester and honestly, it’s like there’s two of him on the pitch,” Rashford told BT Sport as part of their ‘Perfect Player’ series.

“I think he’s shown in three different set-ups that he can be effective and as a midfielder, if you’ve got someone like that next to you, it makes your job a lot easier.”

Rashford, 21, also picked out Man Utd legend Paul Scholes as the Premier League’s best-ever player in terms of vision.

Scholes made 718 appearances during two spells with Man Utd – either side of his temporary retirement in 2011 – playing a key role in no fewer than 18 major trophy wins for the Red Devils as he notched 149 goals and 51 assists at club level.

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“Even when he does the most simple things, it’s because he’s two or three steps ahead of the opponent,” England international Rashford added.

“Sometimes, those simple things can be the hardest things in football.”