Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante’s position has been under question this season. Kante’s value has risen over the past three seasons and he’s now being hailed as the best defensive midfielder in the world.
However, new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri prefers to play Kante higher up the midfield with Jorginho being deployed at the base of the midfield.
In the game against Tottenham, Jorginho was ineffective and couldn’t cope with Spurs pressing game, and there have been calls for Sarri to take back Kante to his regular role as a defensive midfielder.
However, Sarri has insisted that he won’t use Kante as his deep lying midfielder as he argued that he loves playing with a creative midfielder at the base of midfield.
“I think as you know I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, for me the centre midfielder is either Jorginho or Fabregas. I don’t want Kante in this position,” said Sarri.
“Kante wanted to solve the match [against Tottenham] in the first 15 mins but in the wrong way, he attacked the other box too much, I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante, but it was only a reaction to the difficulties.”
Asked if Kante fully understands his role in the team, Sarri replied: “Maybe, maybe it’s only a question of time
“But Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side.
“When he is on the left he has to stay very close to Jorginho.”
When asked if instructing Kante to stay close to Jorginho contradicts telling him to score more goals, Sarri replied: “It depends on the action. If we are on the left, no. If we are on the left we have [Marcos] Alonso, [Mateo] Kovacic, [Ross] Barkley, and so in that situation he has to stay very close to Jorginho.”