Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has opened up about his controversial decision to move N’Golo Kante into a more advanced role and instead play £57 million summer signing Jorginho in the Frenchman’s preferred holding role.
Kante is widely regarded as one of, if not the best defensive midfielder in world football, starring in back-to-back Premier League title wins for Leicester and Chelsea, as well as playing an influential part in France’s World Cup victory in Russia last summer.
However, Sarri has moved the 27-year-old into a more attacking role to accommodate Jorginho, who he worked with previously at Napoli, with the Italian coaches decision being widely derided by most in the football community.
Jorginho has struggled badly at times when targeted by other teams, leading many to call for Kante to be restored to his favoured role, but Sarri has revealed that he does not think the France international can pass the ball fast enough to suit his system.
“In that position, I want a player able to move the ball very fast,” Sarri told a press conference ahead of his sides Europa League clash with Malmo.
“This is not the best characteristic of N’Golo. N’Golo is very useful for us, but this one is not his best characteristic.”
When it was highlighted that Kante has just won a World Cup winners medal in a holding role, Sarri replied:
“But in another system.”
Sarri’s position as Chelsea boss is the subject of increasing speculation due to a series of poor results, with the Blues board reported to have already held discussions about the 60-year-olds future.
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