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‘Madness’ ‘A Mistake’ – These Chelsea Supporters Want Sarri To Reconsider Key Midfielder’s Role In The Team

TV pundit Alan Shearer says he is perplexed by Maurizio Sarri’s decision to pick N’Golo Kante in a more attacking role.

Chelsea lost 3-1 to Tottenham on Saturday with many pinpointing the lack of defensive cover for the back four as the main cause for the Blues’ poor display. Speaking about the issue, the former England international said:

“Why Maurizio Sarri is not playing N’Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me. Without the little French dynamo in that hole, tidying up, tracking runners, it leaves the Chelsea central defenders David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger massively exposed — as Spurs showed to such devastating effect on Saturday night.”

Plenty of fans on Twitter agree with Shearer’s opinion on Kante:

However, others disagree with Shearer’s assessment:

It’s probably unlikely that Sarri will move Kante back into a defensive midfield role in the short-term. The Italian’s football philosophy is based on having one holding midfielder who can dictate play with their passing.

The “regista” role is not something Kante would be suited to, but if teams do continue to target Jorginho, the manager may have to change his approach, which could mean the Frenchman having to play alongside the Italian to provide extra protection.

Chelsea next face PAOK on Thursday evening, having already qualified for the knockout rounds of the Europa League, and Sarri is expected to make wholesale changes for the match ahead of the Fulham game on Sunday.

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