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May JohnsonNov 30, 2018

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante will not be moved back to his preferred position in central midfield, according to the English Premier League clubside's manager Maurizio Sarri.

I actually think Kante, if you look at how he played when he played for Leicester; he wasn't just a defensive midfielder.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is disappointed with his players following their 3-1 defeat to rivals Tottenham Hotspur in last Saturday's Premier League clash.

Sarri was asked about Kante and whether he could play alongside Jorginho in the heart of the Blues midfield. Kante tried to solve the match on Saturday, but in the wrong way.

The Frenchman has found game time too hard to come by as Sarri has so much trust in Morata. And I think this is not one of his best characteristics'.

The manager also suggested Kante was at fault against Spurs because he was naively trying too hard to help get Chelsea back on level terms after going 2-0 down early on, lacked positional awareness, and was therefore guilty of leaving Jorginho isolated. I talk to them player by player. Belgian powerhouse Radja Nainggolan has called Jorginho as the toughest opponent he has ever faced because of how quickly the former "distributes the ball while being practically stationary".

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Sarri told journalists that he is expecting to make several chases for Thursday's clash with the Greek outfit, with his side now six points clear at the top of Group L. But we have to understand why we played against Tottenham without determination.

"The one thing about Kante is he is a very average player in this [advanced] position he's playing now".

Olivier Giroud, Kante's teammate for club and country, has no doubt that his fellow World Cup victor will get on Sarri's wavelength sooner rather than later.

"I want to see we learned our lessons".

"I think N'Golo can play every single position in midfield", he said. Sarri highlighted Hazard's situation in the pre-match conference. But, as I said before, we lost one match after three and a half months.

"The points average of Man City could see them get more than 100, I think, so it is hard for us to keep up", he added.

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