SARRI REVEALS THE ONLY REASON THAT WILL MAKE HIM PLAY KANTE AS A DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER

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Maurizio Sarri has been criticised severally by pundits and analysts for playing N’Golo Kante out of position.

Kante plays in a more advanced midfield position, while summer signing Jorginho is the deepest of our midfield three.

Jorginho has been overrun in midfield in several games, and the 26-year-old went missing in the second-half as Chelsea lost to Bournemouth 4-0.

Sarri has insisted that he wants a creative midfielder to play as a deep line playmaker and that Kante isn’t suited for the role, and when asked whether he would consider switching their roles, Sarri insisted that he’d only do that when he wants to defend a result.

He said: “Only 20 minutes if I have to defend the result.”

Speaking on whether Jorginho has adapted to the Premier League, he said: “It depends what you want from Jorginho. If it is the last pass then he has not adapted.

“He usually plays 40 or 45 metres from goal, so it is impossible to do the last pass. He is very good at other things.”

Sarri has remained adamant that he will not change his style of play, and will keep on using the same tactics.

When asked whether he would change, he responded: “Why? First of all, I want to do very well the plan A, I think. I don’t want to change something that, at the moment, doesn’t work very well.

“First of all, I want to see my football played very well, then we can go to change something.”

Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux has warned Sarri that it’s time for him to change his tactics now, or else the team will continue to suffer.

“Sarri has to adapt,” Le Saux told The Express.

“He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise his problems are just going to get worse.

“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.

“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.

“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt.

“Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.

“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”

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