Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has suggested he plays a ‘different’ role to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante having been compared to the Frenchman.
The former Leicester City man has been an inspirational figure at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in 2016. He was a key cog in the Premier League title-winning squad under Antonio Conte, whilst also playing his role in subsequent Europa League and Champions League successes.
On regular occasion, he has been mentioned in the conversation as one of the most accomplished defensive midfielders in world football, a compliment that has also been afforded to Real Madrid’s Casemiro.
When asked which player he thought was better, the Brazilian refused to answer and insisted he was too different to Kante to even be compared.
Talking to ESPN Brazil, he said: “I’d rather you answer that one.
“But I like to remind you that Kanté, despite being an extraordinary player, has been playing for Chelsea in a different position, with more freedom to attack, and the first defensive midfielder is Jorginho.”
Meanwhile, the former Porto man also gave even more examples of those who could be compared to Kante.
He continued: “It is also worth remembering that there are other players of the highest level in this role, such as Busquets and Fabinho. But just because I’m mentioned as one of the best, I’m happy and I keep working to evolve more and more.”
Of course, both Casemiro and Kante have squared off with each other on a couple of occasions recently.
The two started both games in Chelsea’s Champions League victory against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. The Blues drew the first-leg 1-1 in Spain, whilst they ran-out 2-0 victors at Stamford Bridge in May.