Tiemoue Bakayoko claims he is better than his Chelsea teammate N’Golo Kante.
The 23-year-old was left out of manager Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the current international break and was also not involved for the pair of World Cup qualifiers in October.
Bakayoko insisted he respected Deschamps’ decision but said he was as good as the players selected ahead of him. ‘I am disappointed,’ said Bakayoko. ‘I believe in this World Cup, it remains my goal. I play in a big club, I think it can play in my favour.”
‘I think [Adrien] Rabiot, Kante, [Blaise] Matuidi, [Corentin] Tolisso are no better than me. I respect the choices of the coach and I also respect the selected players, they are talented, they are friends.
‘I am proud that they are selected, I would like to be with them. But I’m not worse than them.’
Bakayoko has made 15 appearances for Chelsea since joining them in the summer as part of Antonio Conte’s effort to deal with the loss of Nemanja Matic. The Frenchman has scored twice, in the 6-0 win against Qarabag in the Champions League and the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Kante has won the Premier League for the last two seasons on the spin – first with Leicester and then with Chelsea.
Fans Reaction after Bakayoko’s Claim:
“I feel Rabiot, Kante, Matuidi,Tolisso are not better than me.”
Okay Bakayoko, you’re good, but you’re not better than Kante, relax mate.
— CHAMPIONS OF ENGLAND (@LondonIsBlu) November 13, 2017
lool who gassed Bakayoko, to even think he's on Kantes level is delusional ffs
— Vic (@EdenRevived) November 12, 2017
Tiémoué Bakayoko: "Kanté, Tolisso, Rabiot or Matuidi are not better than me" pic.twitter.com/fJ2sVYemHN
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) November 12, 2017
Because he played with Fabregas in a doubt pivot. He's having a better season than Matuidi and Tolisso. But Kante is far better without a doubt,no comparison.
— J (@TimoeBakayoko) November 13, 2017
Bakayoko said he's better than Kante 😅
— Checked (@Jooels) November 13, 2017
Lol man said Kante. If there was any doubt about Bakayoko being braindead look no further https://t.co/IeseARpg1U
— Siddharth (@cybertroySlayer) November 13, 2017
But our french source say his interview was in french and a news outlet twisted his words to mean the opposite. so he didnt actually say he’s better than his french teammates.
he published this part of his itw for justify the twisting/misunderstanding of his words:
"Kanté, Rabiot & Tolisso aren't better than me because I've nothing to envy to their. I respect choices of the coach and the players bc they're very talented and…
— imran (@narminho) November 13, 2017