Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has expressed his anger at Ngolo Kante’s performance in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.
Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season to London rivals at the Wembley stadium.
The Blues were outclassed for large spells of the game by their hosts with Hazard criticizes his team-mates post match.
But Sarri believes it was Kante who ‘lost his position’ in midfield while trying to solve their early mistakes.
“I think, as you know, I want to play a central midfielder as a very technical player – a Jorginho or Fabregas,” said Sarri. “I don’t want Kante in this position.
“Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes but in the wrong way. He lost his position. He attacked too much the other box.
‘@nglkante has to stay near to Jorginho especially when the ball is on the other side. When the ball is on the left he has to stay very close to Jorginho.’ Maurizio Sarri
— Pedro Mendonça (@PedMenCoach) November 28, 2018
“And I think this is not one of the best characteristics of Kante, but it was only a reaction to the difficulties.”
The midfielder has had to adapt to a new role having been placed on the right side of a Chelsea midfield three. Sarri was asked if the Frenchman needed more time to grasp his philosophy to which he answered:
“Maybe. Maybe it’s only a question of time.
“But Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side. When the ball is on the left, he has to stay very close to Jorginho.”