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. But their deficiencies were expertly covered up by Kante - the best defensive midfielder in the world bar none. "In the manager's philosophy, how he wants us to play, Jorginho is the holding midfielder or Cesc - that's a very important part of our game".
"The one thing about Kante is he is a very average player in this [advanced] position he's playing now".
"Kante wanted to solve the match [against Tottenham] in the first 15 mins but in the wrong way, he attacked the other box too much, I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante, but it was only a reaction to the difficulties", he added.
Midfield: Sarri is also set to give Jorginho a breather ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Fulham so Cesc Fabregas will come in to replace the Italian global in the deep lying playmaker role.
Irrespective of the minute he plays in a single game, the Frenchman always show zeal, enthusiasm and determination to help his team get better results. "Of course I think that he can not play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest".
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Chelsea have already qualified for the Europa League knockout rounds ahead of their clash with PAOK, but their fringe players will be determined to impressed at Stamford Bridge.
The Argentine deployed his Tottenham side in a narrow 4-4-2 diamond formation, which saw Dele Alli stifle Blues playmaker Jorginho and allowed Son Heung-min to wreck havoc in behind David Luiz.
The Belgian superstar has had to contend with several slight problems in recent months and is now suffering with an ankle complaint.
Hazard is out with an ankle injury sustained against Spurs, but should be back to face Fulham. So it's normal he wouldn't be top of his physical condition.
"The targets are very clear in my mind: in the short period, to win something", Sarri said.
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