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N’Golo Kante has warned his Chelsea team-mates they cannot afford to slip up when they travel to Valencia in their crucial Champions League encounter this week after proving they can compete with the best on Saturday.

Chelsea controlled large parts of the game against Manchester City at the Etihad before a sloppy spell undermined a hopeful display. 

Frank Lampard’s side remain well in the race for the top four this season, though their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages hang on Wednesday’s trip to Spain.

Chelsea, Ajax and hosts Valencia all go into the penultimate round of fixtures on seven points, with Chelsea hosting Lille in their final group stage game.

Victory in Valencia would go a long way to securing progress through to the next stage and Kante is hoping that going toe-to-toe with City will stand them in good stead.

”It is what we want,” Kante said. ”We want to fight against every opponent, we gave our best on Saturday.

”I think even Liverpool was a tight game but this is the way, we need to believe that we can compete against everyone in the League and give our best, see what we can do and what we can achieve.

”Maybe this [Valencia away] is it for the qualification in the Champions League. Of course it is a game we mustn’t lose, three points are needed.

”We all have seven points and it is really important for us to win, it is what we are going to work for.”

Kante is now back fit after injury interrupted his start to the season.

The World Cup winner is enjoying continuing in the more advanced role first given to him by Maurizio Sarri last term and bagged his third goal of the season in Manchester at the weekend.

”I feel fine, I feel good on the pitch,” he said. ”I went with the national team and it was good for me and I hope that the difficulties are behind and I can give my best for the team.”

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