Sarri slates Kante for Spurs performance

Callum Hudson-Odoi

That was particularly evident on Saturday when Tottenham overwhelmed Chelsea in a 3-1 win in the Premier League. PAOK have failed to score in three of their four group games so far, and they didn't create much against the Blues in Thessaloniki.

The Spaniard made six in total, meaning he was arguably the only Chelsea player worthy of praise by the end of play in north London. "We can not look at City".

"It gets Kante back into his best position and it might relieve pressure on Jorginho". The likes of Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson Palmieri have all used the UEL to try to catch Sarri's eye, and Olivier Giroud's victor against BATE gave him a welcome boost.

"Jorginho has been excellent this season, and teams are having to change their system and style to counteract Jorginho".

In a damning verdict on his team's performance, he accused his players of lacking "determination" and "motivation" during the match at Wembley and said Spurs "destroyed" his team in the space of 15 minutes.

Kante, widely considered the world's best holding midfielder, has a slightly more attacking role in Chelsea's team this season as Sarri looks to accommodate a more creative deep-lying playmaker in new signing Jorginho.

"[Eden] Hazard is not a serious injury but he will not be able to play tomorrow", Sarri said ahead of Thursday's encounter. For me the centre midfielder is Jorginho or (Cesc) Fabregas. I had a meeting of ten minutes individual meetings.

"What do you do as a manager?" And I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante. "I see a normal midfielder player", Carragher told Monday Night Football.

"Play Barkley or Willian in the No.10 role, so it's more of a 4-2-3-1".

"Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side", Sarri added.

For a man who won Chelsea's Player of the Year last term, there's no question the plaudits aren't coming his with the regularity they have in the past.

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.

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