Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the new season came to an end on Saturday as Tottenham outplayed Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Spurs just seemed to be too good for Chelsea and ended beating the Blues 3-1. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri set his team up in his usual 4-3-3 formation with N’Golo Kante once again used in an advanced midfield role and Jorginho sat at the base of Chelsea’s midfield.
Chelsea’s defence was torn apart by Spurs’ fierce attacking, with Jorginho frequently exposed, and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea are worse off without Kante patrolling in front of the defence.
Carragher believes Kante is a world-class defensive midfielder but is average when used as an attacking midfielder.
“Well number one: Jorginho is not moving from that position. He’s Sarri’s man, he’s built his team around him,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.
“Kante is not moving because he’s signed a massive contract.
“What I would say is Jorginho has been excellent this season. Teams are having to change their system and style to counter-act Jorginho. So that shows how important he is and how good he has been.
“So if he’s getting man-marked, as he was, by Dele Alli, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson, Juan Mata, that means there should be space for other players.
“This is Chelsea. They have big players. The space was in the wide areas [against Spurs], so we want to see more from Eden Hazard, Willian, the full-backs.”
He continued: “The one thing about Kante is he is a very average player in this [advanced] position he’s playing now. I see a normal midfielder player.
“When he plays deeper, I see a world class midfield player. ‘What do you do? For me, I don’t think this balance ever looks right. I think it’s quite simple – whether or not Sarri is stuck on this 4-3-3 all the time. Play them as a midfield two and play Barkley, or Willian in front in more of a 4-2-3-1.”