Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role

Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role

Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role

Kante has regularly been deployed to the right of central playmaker Jorginho during the first few months of Sarri's time in charge, despite having thrived in a role as a defensive midfielder under Antonio Conte and at Leicester City. He's not only one of the best midfielders on the planet, but he's also a humble and highly likeable guy.

"If you don't have the determination then maybe you don't have the character in the mind, I wanted to understand this".

At a press conference, Sarri told reporters: "I went player by player. And I think this is not one of the best characteristics of Kanté, but it was only a reaction to the difficulties".

Kante's rate of tackles and interceptions have plummeted this season as he operates higher up the pitch in Sarri's 4-3-3 system, but Sarri said that Chelsea's midfield problems against Tottenham were not rooted in tactics. "Of course I think that he can not play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest".

Sarri waves away suggestions Kante should replace Jorginho.

Chelsea have already qualified for the Europa League knockout rounds ahead of their clash with PAOK, but their fringe players will be determined to impressed at Stamford Bridge. He attacked too much the other box.

In a damning verdict on his team's performance, he accused his players of lacking "determination" and "motivation" during the match at Wembley and said Spurs "destroyed" his team in the space of 15 minutes.

"Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side".

Victor Moses is not in contention to make his seventh appearance of the season in all competitions when Chelsea host Chuba Akpom's PAOK in the UEFA Europa League today.

"I am anxious because 25 days ago he had an injury, a back injury", Sarri said.

Hazard has an ankle injury following last Saturday's loss to Tottenham, but should be fit to play Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

With both players having nearly the same playing pattern, it will be an easy task for Sarri to bring the Frenchman back into the team while Morata comes into the game from the bench. "He will need another week of training and a couple of matches to be in the best physical condition".

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