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Olivier Giroud defends N’Golo Kante after Maurizio Sarri slams Spurs display

Olivier Giroud defends N’Golo Kante after Maurizio Sarri slams Spurs display

N'Golo Kante has been accused of "losing his discipline" during Chelsea's defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday by coach Maurizio Sarri.

Kante emerged as a leading deep-lying midfielder in recent seasons, winning back-to-back Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea.

"I think we approached the match very well, so I am very happy with this", Sarri said.

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Kante's adopted a different position from last season, playing a more attacking role following the summer signing of Jorginho.

Chelsea will be looking to guarantee top spot in Group L when they take on PAOK Salonika in the Europa League at Stamford Bridge this evening. We know it's not his main strength, but he's very important for us in recovering the ball.

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Sarri has tried to use the Frenchman in a more attacking role than he is used to, with limited success. "I don't want Kante in this position". I think it's quite simple - whether or not Sarri is stuck on this 4-3-3 all the time.

After the Spurs game, Sarri held one-on-one meetings with his players adding: "It's very hard for them, I think, to tell me why".

When asked if Kante needs time to understand Sarri's demands, the Chelsea boss replied: "Maybe".

The Blues doubled their advantage 10 minutes later from another Fabregas aerial ball, which Giroud converted with a spectacular close-range volley.

Sarri said: "I am anxious because 25 days ago he had a back injury".

The defeat by Tottenham was Chelsea's first loss of the season, and Sarri called on his players for a reaction, saying he wanted to see more grit from his team. "I want to see that we have learned our lessons". "He will need another week of training and a couple of matches to be in the best physical condition".

"I talked to them player by player".


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