Sarri had one-to-one meetings with players after loss to Spurs


The debate over Kante's role under Sarri intensified after the Spurs defeat, with many suggesting that Chelsea will never be defensively solid as long as Jorginho operates at the base of midfield in place of the ex-Leicester man.

The 27-year-old signed a new five-year contract last week and was voted Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' Association player of the year for 2016-17.

'I think as you know I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, for me the centre midfielder is either Jorginho or Fabregas.

"Why Maurizio Sarri is not playing N'Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me".

This decision, however, has come at a cost as Kante's defensive contribution has fallen to 1.8 tackles per 90 minutes from 3.4 and 3.6 per 90 minutes in the last two years. He lost position, he attacked too much the other box, and I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante. But, as I said before, we lost one match after three and a half months. "It was only a reaction to the difficulties (we were having)".

While the Italian worldwide plays an extremely vital role as the pivot in Sarri's offensive phase, Jorginho does not have the necessary defensive qualities to sufficiently provide cover for the Chelsea back four.

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Goalkeeper: Sarri has picked Kepa Arrizabalaga in the previous group games but with qualification secured we could see the young Spaniard rested with Willy Caballero given a rare chance between the sticks.

Hazard has an ankle injury following last Saturday's loss to Tottenham, but should be fit to play Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

"I think I just twisted my ankle, but it's like every game, it's the same".

"I am anxious because 25 days ago he had an injury, a back injury", Sarri said. "It's normal at the moment he isn't at the top of his physical condition".

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Chelsea produced their poorest performance of the season at Wembley, finding themselves trailing 2-0 after just 16 minutes thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane.