Maurizio Sarri has suggested that N'Golo Kante does not possess the technical qualities that are needed to play in Jorginho's role at Chelsea and claims the midfielder was "too attacking" in the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.
Midfield: Sarri is also set to give Jorginho a breather ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Fulham so Cesc Fabregas will come in to replace the Italian worldwide in the deep lying playmaker role.
The 27-year-old signed a new five-year contract last week and was voted Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' Association player of the year for 2016-17. "I want to see we learned our lessons [against Tottenham]". Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes but in the wrong way. "I had to think about everything because, on Saturday, we played very badly, a match without determination". It's very hard for me to understand why we played without determination in such an important match.
After two games without a win Chelsea will be keen to play their way back into form, and I expect Sarri to pick a strong enough side to win this with room to spare.
Chelsea will be looking to guarantee top spot in Group L when they take on POAK Salonika in the Europa League at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening. "I had a meeting of 10 minutes, five minutes, individual", he said.
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"The targets are very clear in my mind: in the short period, to win something. But I'd seen the same problems also in the matches before". But, as I said before, we lost one match after three and a half months.
Sarri said: "I am anxious because 25 days ago he had a back injury. He will need another week of training and a couple of matches to be in the best physical condition".
He added: "The manager was not happy at all with our performance".
Goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son inflicted Maurizio Sarri with his first defeat of the season since taking over at Chelsea, with Olivier Giroud's late consolation strike doing very little to paper over the cracks.
"So to perform the way we did, to dominate the game so much, to have so many chances, we've got to keep that up".