He described Kante - who was deployed in a more advanced role on the right of a midfield three - as "a very average player in the position he's playing in now".
Spurs were easily the best team on Saturday as Dele Alli opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes and it was followed by a goal each from Harry Kane and a superb solo run from Son. "But only for a small percentage, I think". "And I think this is not one of the best characteristics of Kanté, but it was only a reaction to the difficulties". He wasn't the only player who failed to deliver, but because we rely on his influence so heavily, we suffered with him being off the boil. He attacked too much the other box.
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Sarri has encouraged Kante to get forward in matches and his latest comments may appear to be a contradiction.
PAOK would be eliminated should they lost at Stamford Bridge and Vidi beat BATE Borisov, with the three points seeing the Hungarian side through to the last 32. So they were able to destroy us in 15 minutes.
When quizzed if Kante knows his duties, Sarri said: "Maybe, maybe it's only a question of time 'But Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side. I want to see we learned our lessons [against Tottenham]".
"Why Maurizio Sarri is not playing N'Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me", Shearer told The Sun.
Sarri has done very well to mould the squad he inherited into something capable of producing style the football he wants, though it's far from ideal. A problem to be immediately ready at 100 percent.
They will have to do so without Victor Moses, who Sarri revealed has picked up a back problem in training, as well as Eden Hazard, who sustained a minor ankle knock in the closing stages of the Spurs defeat. The target is very clear in my mind: "the target in the short period is to win something, and in the long period it's to become the best team in Europe". "It's normal at the moment he isn't at the top of his physical condition".