Publication date: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 2:42
Maurizio Sarri kept individual post-mortems with his Chelsea players after losing to Tottenham and N 'Golu Kanteu was ordered not to deviate from his defined role to the right of midfield.
Spurs won 3-1 on Wembley to finish Sarrie's rampant 18-game game and start competing with Blues and the Italian wants to see the reaction after defeating the winner of the French World Cup Kante for roaming too.
Kante won two Premier League titles, with Leicester and Chelsea, who played in the middle half, but was on the right-hand side for placing Italian player Jorghinh in the chosen style of Sarri.
Twenty-year-old signed a new five-year contract last week and was the Association of Professional Footballers and Player of the Year at the Association of Football Writers.
Speaking before Thursday, the Europa League in L-League meets Greek PAOK, Sarri said: "I want to play as a central midfielder with a very technical player. For me, the central midfield player is Jorginho or (Cesc) Fabregas.
"I do not want Kante in this position," Kante said, at the last match, to settle the game after the first 15 minutes, but in the wrong way.
"He lost his position, he attacked too many other boxes, and I do not think this is one of the best features of the Kante, which was just a reaction to the difficulties."
Sarri encouraged Kante to compete in matches and his last comments may look like contradiction.
But Sarri explained that he had time and space to attack Kante.
"The bucket must stay close to Jorghinh, especially when the ball is on the other side," added Sarri.
"It depends on the action. If the ball is on the left, we have it [Marcos] Alonso, [Eden] Danger, [Mateo] Kovačić, [Ross] Barkley, so in that situation he must stay very close to Jorginho. "
Sarri described Chelsea's performance against Spurs as "a sword without determination."
They want to see an immediate reaction to defeat, against PAOK and on Sunday in the Premier League with Fulham, after discussing Spurs's performance with their players.
Blues have already passed the League of Europe for the past 32 years and they need to win the L group with one match.
"I have a meeting with five or ten minutes with individuals, individual meetings with players," he added.
"The targets are very clear in my opinion: in the short term, to get something, and in the long run, to become the best team in Europe.
"I want to see that we have learned our lessons."
The danger happened with a wrist injury against Spurs, but it should return to meet Fulham.
Sarri said: "I'm worried because he had a back injury 25 days ago, now an ankle, he has lost a lot of training, that's normal at the moment when he is not at the top of his physical condition."
Attacker Olivier Giroud says Blues are determined to show their strength against PAOK, who won 1-0 in Greece in September.
He added: "The manager was not at all satisfied with our performances, which was our first defeat this season, it was difficult to accept. We want to return tomorrow to the Europa League and after the match against Fulham.
"We just want to do it in the next game."
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