IS SARRI SET TO DROP JORGINHO AND PLAY KANTE AS A DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER INSTEAD?

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Pundits and Chelsea fans have called on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to restore Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante to his more natural position.

Kante has been played in a more advanced position this season with Sarri preferring to play Jorginho as the deepest midfielder.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently urged Sarri to play Kante in his more natural defensive midfield role.

Asked for his opinion on Kante, Wenger said: “Phenomenal. To have a successful team you need to have somebody, or some players, who sacrifice themselves for the team. Don’t talk, do it. 

“When you lose the ball in front of you, he just works for you to win it back and he gives it back in the proper way.

“People who have maybe a smaller ego, but a bigger spirit of sacrifice, usually they make the difference.

“We spoke about Brazil, in Brazil they had a player that I bought, Gilberto Silva, who had a similar role in 2002 in the success of the Brazilian national team in Japan.”

Despite calls to play Kante in his more natural position, Sarri insists he would continue to play Jorginho as Chelsea’s deepest midfielder.

According to Sarri, Kante isn’t able to pass the ball quickly and therefore isn’t suited to play in front of the defence.

When told stubbornness of refusing to play Kante as Chelsea’s deepest midfielder could be his downfall at Chelsea, Sarri replied: “It depends on how you see football. In that position I want to play and be able to move the ball fast, this is not the best characteristic of N’Golo [Kante].

“He’s very useful for us but this is not his best characteristic.”

When Sarri was told Kante won the World Cup and two Premier League titles playing as a defensive midfielder, Sarri replied: “He won those titles in another system.”

Despite Chelsea’s recent poor form, Sarri insists he won’t change the players but instead work on their mentality.

“Maybe, at the moment we are doing and making mistakes with a lot of players,” Sarri added.

“Everybody sooner or later was involved in one so I think we need to change the mentality more than the players.”

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