Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has preferred to play N’Golo Kante in a more advanced midfield position, with Jorginho playing as his deep lying playmaker.
Despite criticisms to Sarri-ball and pundits calling for Sarri to reinstate Kante back to his traditional role as a defensive midfielder, Sarri has insisted that Kante can’t play that role in Sarri-ball.
Sarri wants a creative midfielder to start Chelsea’s attack from deep in midfield and has said that Kante doesn’t have what it takes to play the role.
Kante has now revealed that he can as well play the Jorginho role, but is also enjoying his time in his advanced midfield role. According to Kante, he will play anywhere the manager wants him to play.
“It is something possible [to play Jorginho’s role], but the manager decides,” Kante said at Stamford Bridge. “It’s fine, it’s fine. I like this [more advanced] position. Prefer it? It depends on the game, but I enjoy it. I’m with the manager, and I’m enjoying the way I’m playing now.
“It is a position I used to play when I was in France. I’m enjoying participating more in the offensive positions to change the game. I am enjoying it.”
Sarri’s job is now under threat and he was subject to chants of ‘F*** Sarriball’ at Stamford Bridge in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United. Jorginho was booed in the 3-0 win against Malmo on Thursday as he came on off the bench in the second half.
Many have called on Sarri to drop Jorginho following his poor run of form since the defeat to Tottenham to Tottenham in November, but Kante insists that Jorginho isn’t treated like a ‘teacher’s pet’ as some have suggested.
“Jorginho came this season. He is doing very well. He knows very well the philosophy of the manager. He is very important for us at the club,” Kante added.
“We are doing well. As a team, we have some difficulty at the moment, but we are all together and no-one’s special. We missed many opportunities to be happy like in the FA Cup and some games in the league.
“We can understand their disappointment in our performances in some moments of the season. I think we all want to get tighter and we will all be together for the final and the rest of the season.”