What Maurizio Sarri Has Done With N'Golo Kanté Is A 'Form Of Footballing Vandalism'

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been heavily criticised for his handling of N'Golo Kanté, which has been described as a "form of footballing vandalism."

That's according to sports journalist Richard Williams, who didn't hold back in his criticism of the former Napoli boss.

"Said it before, will say it again: what Maurizio Sarri has done with N'Golo Kanté is a form of footballing vandalism," he wrote on Twitter.

"And for that alone, he is currently getting his just deserts."

Ouch. Harsh words for Sarri, but true for many fans.

The Times' chief sports reporter, Martyn Ziegler, completely agrees with Williams, as well as adding that "Maybe a similar thing [is] happening with [Unai] Emery and [Mesut] Özil [at Arsenal]."

‏Despite many fans criticising Sarri for playing Kanté out of position, the former Leicester City star believes that he has "improved some aspects" of his playstyle this season.

"I think I played some good and not so good games, but the most important thing is to play as a team, to complement our teammates, to be organised and work together," he told the club's website.

"I think in training we prepare the game in the best way and we need to reproduce that in the games.

"I think I have improved some aspects of my style of play, to play for combinations with my teammates, to try to find the best passes, to get my chances to shoot and score.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I think I have improved, but I have a lot of work ahead and I keep working in the way the manager wants me to.

"I am enjoying the way I am playing in this position and I hope to win things together with my teammates and my coach and this is the most important thing."

Sarri finds himself under enormous pressure after Manchester City thrashed his side 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher tore into the Chelsea boss following their poor performance against the reigning Premier League champions.

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