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Kante criticised by Sarri for trying to 'solve the match' against Tottenham

Kante criticised by Sarri for trying to 'solve the match' against Tottenham

Speaking to reporters about the Chelsea midfield, Sarri said: "I think as you know I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, for me the centre midfielder is either Jorginho or Fabregas".

Kante emerged as a leading deep-lying midfielder in recent seasons, winning back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea.

That was particularly evident on Saturday when Tottenham overwhelmed Chelsea in a 3-1 win in the Premier League.

In Sarri's system, it would not be unfair to say everything goes through the 26-year old midfielder who sits in the base of midfield controlling the tempo of the game.

As much as it's painful that Chelsea lost their unbeaten run in a awful manner, Sarri's men are still title contenders for some reasons.

Chelsea will play PAOK in their fifth Group L fixture in the Europa League this Thursday. It is not a big problem now because we have played only six matches but in the future, it may be a problem.

The buccaneering full back will hope to build upon those 45 minutes tonight, but he just looks so positionally naive at times that Sarri must fear how ruthlessly he could be exploited against a higher calibre of opponent.

Hazard started the season on fire, which was a surprise to many as there was an expectation that he would struggle, having had little time off between the end of the World Cup and the beginning of the Premier League.

Maurizio Sarri was frustrated with the performance in the loss to Tottenham and wants a reaction from his players
Maurizio Sarri was frustrated with the performance in the loss to Tottenham and wants a reaction from his players

While many believe that David Luiz was one of the poorest Chelsea players on the pitch but some pundits have claimed that it was the inability of Jorginho in midfield which helped the Lilywhites take control of the game.

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

"When he plays in his natural position I see a world-class player". "But Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side", Sarri submitted.

After the Spurs game, Sarri held one-on-one meetings with his players adding: "It's very hard for them, I think, to tell me why". If they want to man-mark Jorginho, Kante can receive the ball. Then we will see.

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

"I think he has lost a lot of training, so it's normal he isn't in top physical condition".

"I talked player by player".

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