Europa League: Sarri Rules Out Kante’s Return To Chelsea Central Midfield

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Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley to end Sarri's 18-game unbeaten start to competitive action with the Blues and the Italian wants to see a reaction after rebuking France World Cup victor Kante for roaming too much.

Chelsea FC signed the defensive midfielder in a £34m deal from Leicester and Kante won successive Premier League titles as the Blues finished top of the table in Antonio Conte's first season.

"Only Jorginho and Fabregas can play in the middle because he needs a "technical midfielder" in the middle".

At a press conference, Sarri told reporters: "I went player by player".

"It's not normal. First of all, I want to see a reaction, but I want to see a reaction in the next Premier League match as well". So they were able to destroy us in 15 minutes, but I saw the same problems also in the match before.

"Maybe. Maybe it's only a question of time", Sarri replied when asked if that was the case.

This position was previously covered by Kante who has had to play in a slightly more advanced role to fit into the team.

Despite being impressed with the youngster's performance, Sarri wasn't getting carried away.

"I think N'Golo can play in every position in midfield", Giroud said.

"He has to work and he is very good in the one on one, but he has to move without the ball". It depends on the action (Kante getting forward).

"I am anxious because 25 days ago he had an injury, a back injury", Sarri said.

Without dwelling on Saturday's defeat against Tottenham, a single point at home to PAOK Salonika in Europe's second-class cup competition, the Europa League, sees Chelsea into the knock-out phase in the new year. Now an ankle. He has lost a lot of training.

The worldwide break was mentioned as a potential reason behind Chelsea's laboured performance, with Sarri claiming the number of English players on Tottenham's books provided a small advantage.

"I want to find a space for him". It's our first defeat this season, it has been hard to accept it. It's unlikely there will be much in way of variation from the other Europa League games, though. "We just need to adapt".

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