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Kante has established himself as one of the world's best holding midfield players over the last three seasons, but has found himself playing on the right of a midfield three a lot of the time under Sarri.
And Monday night's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United was no different.
Sarri explained why he doesn't play Kanté further back in his press conference today pic.twitter.com/I5qJxAieyM- Chelsea FC News (@Chelsea_FL) February 20, 2019
Summer signing Jorginho was used in the centre of midfield but was constantly crowded out by United's relentless high-octane pressing style, as has been a constant theme of Chelsea's opponents this season.
Many pundits and fans are often left wondering why Kante has been shunted out of position.
Speaking today ahead of the Blues Europa League tie at home to Malmo on Thursday night, the ex-Napoli manager tried to justify his midfield choices:
Sarri says he wants a player who is able to move the ball very fast as the deep-lying midfielder, which is why N'Golo Kante is not playing there. #CHEMAL- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 20, 2019
Asked whether he may use other players, Sarri says maybe, but the most important thing is to change our mentality, rather than personnel. #CHEMAL- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 20, 2019
Sarri says he understands the frustration of the fans as they are used to winning, but the only way to turn it around is to produce good performances and get results. #CHEMAL- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 20, 2019
Sarri says he wants a player who is able to move the ball very fast as the deep-lying midfielder, which is why N'Golo Kante is not playing there, but Kante has been arguably the best defensive midfielder in world football in the past few seasons?
His reasoning has certainly caused plenty of controversy.
Do you think Sarri has a good point?
Let us know in the comments.
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