Changes Sarri needs to make to turn Chelsea into title contenders

Changes Sarri needs to make to turn Chelsea into title contenders

Changes Sarri needs to make to turn Chelsea into title contenders

"Kante is a very average player in the position he is playing now - I just see a normal midfield player".

N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic both started during the disappointing defeat to Tottenham at the weekend so I expect them to be rested with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in-line for recalls in midfield.

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"It gets Kante back into his best position and it might relieve pressure on Jorginho. I want to see we learned our lessons [against Tottenham]".

'I have to think about everything because Saturday we played very badly, a match without determination, but we lost one match after 110 days, so the team did well, generally.

"I think, as you know, I want to play a central midfielder as a very technical player - Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas", the ex-Napoli boss said. He lost position, he attacked too much the other box, and I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante.

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"I think it's a hard spot for him to be in, because while he is on the verge of being a great player, he's not quite there yet, and I think to go for £60/70m, whatever it's gonna be, it's gonna put a bit of pressure on him to really do justice to these numbers". It's very hard for me to understand why we played without determination in such an important match.

Sarri also hinted it may be possible that Kante - who last week signed a new five-year contract making him Chelsea's highest-paid player on around £290,000-a-week - does not yet understand what his manager is asking him to do. A problem to be immediately ready at 100 percent.

'It's very hard for me to understand why. Belgian powerhouse Radja Nainggolan has called Jorginho as the toughest opponent he has ever faced because of how quickly the former "distributes the ball while being practically stationary".

The only other doubt for the Blues is versatile wide player Victor Moses who is struggling with a back issue. If you have no motivation, maybe you don't have clear targets in your mind.

"I am anxious because 25 days ago he had an injury, a back injury", Sarri said. "He will need another week of training and a couple of matches to be in the best physical condition".

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