Matthew Upson has urged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to play both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho in front of the Chelsea defense with Ross Barkley playing in the advanced midfield position.
Upson believes Kante is better off winning tackles in front of the back four as opposed to being in a more advanced position, waiting to receive the ball.
Upson also thinks omitting Barkley from the starting XI against Tottenham was a big error on Sardi’s part.
“It was quite interesting that Sarri went to Wembley with Jorginho continuing to play on his own as a sitting midfielder when he has someone like Kante to call upon,” Upson said on Match of the Day 2.
“We know how good Kante is at shielding his defence but this season he has been asked to play further forward, alongside Mateo Kovacic, with Jorginho behind them.
“It has obviously been working pretty well – Chelsea were unbeaten before this weekend – but some of the flaws in that set-up were exposed by Tottenham, who used Dele [Alli] to sit on Jorginho to stop him from dictating play, and also attacked the spaces between the Chelsea midfielder and his back four.
“To stop that happening again, Sarri could easily flip things so that he has a deeper pairing of Kante and Jorginho with, say, Ross [Barkley] operating in front of them.
“I don’t know why Barkley did not start against Spurs because he has been in great form and having him in the team would allow Kante to focus on what he is best at.
“Kante is better off in the engine room because he likes to win tackles or dispossess people and then burst forward, as opposed to being more advanced anyway and receiving the ball higher up the pitch.”
Should Sarri play Jorginho and Kante in front of the back four?