The secret of Jose Mourinho as a football coach is his application of analytical skills to the overall managerial role. Well, this should not surprise us because he was a graduate of Sports Methodology at the BSc level.
Every one of us fans of the English Premier League can tap into this knowledge base by observing that French midfielder, N’golo Kante, was key to the title-winning run of Leicester Football Club and when he was bought by Chelsea Football Club, the latter clinched the EPL crown.
Now, the scientist in us should be doing correlation analysis and coming up with deduction to the effect that Kante was key, very key to winning titles.
Thus, if Chelsea desired to sincerely defend their title, then this club should have built resources around Kante taking into consideration his mood and sensibilities. If changes on the player-structures around Kante should be made, then he ought to be consulted.
Apparently, Coach Antonio Conte did not sense that Kante was a very shy and sensitive fellow, thus when the decision was made to bring in the brash and loud Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco Football Club to partner Kante in the midfield, all hell was let loose in the latter’s winning mentality but he was not telling because he functions in a repressed mode.
It was obvious that Chelsea’s defence of the EPL crown was all but over when Bakayoko taunted Kante to the effect that he was better than Kante.
Chelsea need not have joined the fray during the mad rush to strip Monaco of its title-winning stars; Kylian Mbappe to PSG, Bernado Silva and Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City, and the rumoured Thomas Lemar move to Arsenal. Chelsea effectively got it wrong about Kante.
Sunday Adole Jonah,
Department of Physics, Federal University of Technology,
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