N’Golo Kante, a former Chelsea teammate, is so hateful of losing that he becomes “upset and angry” if he loses a game of Scrabble, according to Olivier Giroud.
The two France internationals shared a dressing room at Stamford Bridge for three years, during which time the Blues won the 2018 FA Cup, the 2019 Europa League, and the Champions League last season, with Giroud leading the way with 11 goals in the Europa League victory.
Giroud eventually left west London in the summer, barely a month after triggering a one-year contract extension, and joined Serie A runners-up AC Milan.
Since switching from blue to red, the 35-year-old striker has scored two goals in five games in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Kante’s reputation in the Premier League is growing both on and off the field. The generous Frenchman is widely regarded as one of football’s kindest characters, but Giroud has subsequently admitted that he has a harsh side to his personality.
Kante’s desire to win is so strong that he gets angry when he loses in strategic board games like chess and Scrabble, according to a story told by Giroud.
“We’ve been playing chess – I have to say he’s better than me,” Giroud told Talksport.
“I’ve been winning some with him. I asked him to play Scrabble and I’m definitely better than him, so much better.
“He’s a funny person, top man and he hates losing. Sometimes he tries everything to win and that’s funny with him.
“He never gives up. On the pitch, he tries to step up and is massively important for Chelsea and the national team.
“Off the pitch, he hates losing and sometimes it makes him a bit upset and angry. I always try to joke with him, he’s a top man.”
Since joining Leicester from Caen six years ago, the 30-year-old has risen to fame in the Premier League, famously assisting the Foxes to unparalleled title triumph, winning the World Cup with France, and most recently won the Champions League with Chelsea.
His European accomplishments last season have earned him a nomination for the 2021 Ballon d’Or alongside four other Chelsea players: Cesar Azpilicueta, Mason Mount, Romelu Lukaku, and Jorginho. This is his third such nomination, following 2017 (8th place) and 2018. (11th place).
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