Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role

What Maurizio Sarri must do to stop N'Golo Kante looking 'very average'

Maurizio Sarri has said he will not reconsider N'Golo Kante's position in Chelsea's midfield but criticised the France worldwide for losing his discipline in Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Tottenham.

Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley to end Sarri's 18-game unbeaten start to competitive action with the Blues and the Italian wants to see a reaction after rebuking France World Cup victor Kante for roaming too much. He was the PFA players' player of the year in 2016-17 and also starred in that role for France as they lifted the World Cup in Russian Federation last summer.

"I talked to them player by player, a meeting of five to 10 minutes with the individuals", said Sarri, who will rest Eden Hazard against PAOK after the Belgian suffered an ankle injury at the weekend.

"Only Jorginho and Fabregas can play in the middle because he needs a "technical midfielder" in the middle". "I want to see we learned our lessons [against Tottenham]".

"He lost the position, he attacked too much the other box".

"I think we will be able to recover him for the game on Sunday. But it was only a reaction to the difficulties".

Sarri labelled Chelsea's performance a "disaster", acknowledging he saw little way back after Kane's goal despite having 74 minutes left of the game.

"I think N'Golo can play every single position in midfield", he said.




"The targets are very clear in my mind: in the short period, to win something".

"And in the long period, to become the best team in Europe".

Sarri said: 'It's very hard for them, I think, to tell me why. I think it's quite simple - whether or not Sarri is stuck on this 4-3-3 all the time.

He added: "The manager was not happy at all with our performance".

Willian has either scored or assisted in each of his three Europa League starts for Chelsea this season (1 goal, 2 assists).

Chelsea have never lost a UEFA Cup/Europa League game at Stamford Bridge (W8 D2), winning each of their last five.

To do so, the Blues are in the market for his replacement and have been linked with some top players including Bayern Munich's Tim Wenger and Dortmund's Dembele, but do they really need to buy a replacement when Giroud constantly begs for more game-time?

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