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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri singled N’Golo Kante out for criticism following Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Tottenham last weekend.

Kante has been utilised by Sarri in a slightly different role this season, with the France international playing in a more advanced position in midfield and Sarri preferring Jorginho as the deepest midfielder.

Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title with Kante in 2016 while at Leicester City and he believes Sarri was right to criticize Kante following the loss at Tottenham last weekend.

Speaking to reporters after Fulham’s 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday, Ranieri said: “N’Golo is a fantastic player. Maurizio is right to pick on him sometimes. Not on only him but all the players, to improve. N’Golo played a very good match today.”

Kante provided the assist for Pedro’s goal and Sarri admits he was impressed with Kante’s performance while also challenging Kante to improve tactically.

“I think he played very well. He defended very well,” Sarri said of Kante.

“He needs, I think, to improve a little more from the tactical point of view, but it’s natural.

“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.”

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