Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has taken the blame for N’Golo Kante’s injury in the game against Watford in Chelsea’s final Premier League game of the season at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Kante limped off inside 10 minutes of Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford and was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who scored Chelsea’s first goal.
Chelsea boss Sarri confirmed the injury was a hamstring problem and Kante will now miss Chelsea’s Europa League game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday and the final league game of the season at Leicester City on Sunday.
According to Sarri, starting Kante against Watford just three days after the 1-1 draw Eintracht Frankfurt was a mistake.
“He has a problem with his hamstring, but I think I made a mistake, he should have rested today,” Sarri said.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to put someone on the bench so important like Eden Hazard or Kante – it’s a risk.
“We will wait for the morning, it’s very difficult to recover for the next two matches. We have to recover him for the final.”
Chelsea were poor in the first half against Watford and were lucky to still be in the game at half-time.
The Blues improved in the second half and scored three goals secure a win and leapfrog Tottenham into third place in the league.
Sarri blamed the poor first half performance on fatigue.
“I think in the first half we were tired, mentally. We were in trouble,” Sarri said.
“Then they lowered their intensity. We were lucky to score after two minutes – we improved mentally after first goal. We played very well for 35 minutes then. It’s not easy to play after 60 hours. After Europa League away games we’ve only won one match.
“When you are not brilliant physically you have to move the ball, the ball isn’t tired, the man is tried. In the second half we did it better as something changed in our minds.”