Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been playing further up the pitch for Chelsea this season under new boss Maurizio Sarri.
Kante is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world after helping Leicester City and Chelsea win the Premier League titles with his energetic displays in midfield in front of the defence but Sarri prefers the France international in a more advanced position.
France boss Didier Deschamps has no problem with Kante playing in a more advanced position at Chelsea.
“He is able [to play higher up the pitch]. He can also play deeper where he is very useful and very powerful,” Deschamps said.
“At Chelsea he’s in more of a creative role. With what his coach asks him, and his system, he is brought to play very high.
“He has more freedom. He is very comfortable with the ball, so it doesn’t cause him any problems. He’s always having fun.
“Kante also takes it by playing deeper, but he is now in the offensive part, but he still has the quality of cutting out passes and recovering balls.
“He is a little more involved in attacks, in the last third or the penultimate pass. This is less frequent when he’s playing in front of the defence.”