Pundit baffled by Maurizio Sarri’s handling of Chelsea FC star

Alan Curbishley has his say on N'Golo Kante's situation at Chelsea FC this season

N'Golo Kante
N'Golo Kante (Photo: EA Sports)

Alan Curbishley has admitted that he has been left perplexed by Maurizio Sarri’s handling of N’Golo Kante at Chelsea FC this season.

The Blues boss has been opting to play Kante in a more advanced role for the west London club after having signed Jorginho from Napoli in the summer transfer window last year.

The move has surprised many, given that Kante is widely regarded as one of the finest holding midfielders in world football.

And former Charlton manager Curbishley has admitted that he cannot understand why Sarri would not want to play Kante in his favoured position for Chelsea FC.

Speaking to beIN Sports, Curbishley said: “When you see the way Kante has played in the Premier League, it’s so hard to see why you would ask him to do anything else when he is the best in the world at the job.

“Suddenly you’re asking him to be an attacking midfielder.

“One of the things Chelsea fans don’t like is the same thing United fans didn’t like about [Jose] Mourinho, with [Paul] Pogba and [Marcus] Rashford, why not play them in the position they’re best at?”

He continued: “You could play both of them [Kante and Jorginho] as holding players, that would give them a bit more license to attack, and the full-backs could get forward.

“Sarri is under pressure, it’ll be interesting to see if he changes things up, they got beat heavily at Bournemouth and Manchester City but at home they’ve been strong.”

Kante – who has started all 26 Premier League games for the Blues this season – was unable to prevent Chelsea FC from slipping to a disappointing 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.

Sarri has found himself under increasing pressure in recent weeks following his side’s stuttering form.

The Blues lost 6-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League and dropped down into sixth place to leave them scrapping for a top-four finish this season.

Chelsea FC will host Malmo at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday night.

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