Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role

Chelsea coach to persist with Kante in unfamiliar role

He said: 'I think, as you know, I want to play a central midfielder as a very technical player - Jorginho or Fabregas. I talk to them player by player.

After two games without a win Chelsea will be keen to play their way back into form, and I expect Sarri to pick a strong enough side to win this with room to spare. Kante in the last match wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes, but in the wrong way.

'He lost his position. But their deficiencies were expertly covered up by Kante - the best defensive midfielder in the world bar none. It was only a reaction to the difficulties.

Kante's adopted a different position from last season, playing a more attacking role following the summer signing of Jorginho.

But Sarri explained there is a time and place for Kante to attack. If they want to man-mark Jorginho, Kante can receive the ball.

"It depends on the action". He's obviously a very good player and likes getting on the ball. When he plays deeper I see someone who is world class. The target is very clear in my mind: "the target in the short period is to win something, and in the long period it's to become the best team in Europe". "I want to see we learned our lessons [against Tottenham]".

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According to the Italian, Moses is now suffering from a back injury, while Hazard picked up a slight injury.

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

Providing an injury update at yesterday's pre-match press conference, manager Maurizio Sarri revealed that the former Nigeria global will play no part in the game against the Greek Super League side due to a back problem. So it's normal he wouldn't be top of his physical condition.

He added: "The manager was not happy at all with our performance". Given that the defeat came hot on the heels of a frustrating 0-0 draw with Everton, this constitutes Chelsea's first real wobble of the Sarri era.

They then host Fulham on Sunday hoping to close the seven-point gap to league leaders Manchester City, but Sarri believes there is little point looking at the table.

Here, we take a look five changes Sarri must make to turn Chelsea into a title contender.

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