N’Golo Kante’s new position in an advanced midfield role has been the bone of contention all season, and it even heightened after Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham, with Jorginho struggling to cope with Spurs’ pressing.
Since the defeat to Tottenham, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has urged Kante to improve, and despite his excellent display against Fulham, Sarri has challenged Kante to improve on the tactical side of his game.
“He needs, I think, to improve a little more from the tactical point of view, but it’s natural,” the Italian said,” Sarri said of Kante after the 2-0 win over Fulham.
“In the national team he usually plays with the two midfielders.
“Last season, sometimes with two midfielders and sometimes with three but in the same position. So I think it’s normal he needs to improve.”
Kante who made his mark as a defensive midfielder and has been hailed as the best in that position, has surprisingly revealed that he likes his new position.
Kante said: “It was the order from the manager to press them. I saw there was an opportunity to press, I took the ball and passed to Pedro who used great skill and hit a good shot.
“I like this position. The manager has given me the confidence to play this position since the beginning of the season. I am trying to do my best and I will get better at it, and I hope to have success in it this year.”
Kante surely did well against Fulham, and played a key role in Chelsea’s early opener, having stole possession off Jean Michael Seri inside four minutes, raced deep into Fulham territory before finding Pedro with a perfect pass.
Speaking after the win, Kante said: “The feeling is that it was not an easy match.
“Fulham are returning to form and it was sometimes complicated, but scoring quickly was important. They had a couple of chances, but we were able to score again and make the end of the match easier. We deserved to win.”