Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri won't change N'Golo Kante position after Tottenham shocker

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He described Kante - who was deployed in a more advanced role on the right of a midfield three - as "a very average player in the position he's playing in now".

"Jorginho has been excellent this season -teams are having to change their system and their style at times to counteract him, which shows how good a player he is".

"I think, as you know, I want to play a centre midfielder with a very technical player, so for me the centre midfielder is Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas", he told a news conference. He lost position, he attacked too much the other box, and I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante. The problem was also with the approach to the match in the previous three matches [against Crystal Palace, BATE Borisov and Everton], but if you go on to the pitch with that approach and the opponents are very strong, like Tottenham, and determined like Tottenham were, the problem is bigger.

There has been talk this week of moving Kante deeper into the role which is now occupied by Jorginho, but Sarri is having none of it.

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However, there is something to be said for fielding two strikers in a must-win match, as well as sticking with a winning formula. "Kanté, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes but in the wrong way." . "But when the ball is on the other side, the left, Kanté has to stay very close to Jorginho". I want to see that we have learned our lessons'. Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill have played together several times in Europe this season and I expect they'll get another chance to impress against POAK tomorrow night. "In the manager's philosophy, how he wants us to play, Jorginho is the holding midfielder or Cesc - that's a very important part of our game".

Hazard was likely to be rested anyway on Thursday, but given his recent recovery from a back problem, the Blues will not risk him.

They will have to do so without Victor Moses, who Sarri revealed has picked up a back problem in training, as well as Eden Hazard, who sustained a minor ankle knock in the closing stages of the Spurs defeat. So it's normal he wouldn't be top of his physical condition.