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Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Maurizio Sarri must move N'Golo Kante back to his preferred position to stop him looking like "a very average player".

"Only Jorginho and Fabregas can play in the middle because he needs a "technical midfielder" in the middle".

Despite Giroud's defence of Kante ahead of tomorrow's Europa League visit from PAOK (5.55pm), Sarri was more critical just before.

Defeat saw Chelsea drop down to fourth in the Premier League.

This decision, however, has come at a cost as Kante's defensive contribution has fallen to 1.8 tackles per 90 minutes from 3.4 and 3.6 per 90 minutes in the last two years. He attacked too much the other box. And I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante. If the home tie plays out the same way Sarri will achieve what he set out to do back in September, but he knows the competition is a big strain on the resources of a team competing in the Premier League.

While many believe that David Luiz was one of the poorest Chelsea players on the pitch but some pundits have claimed that it was the inability of Jorginho in midfield which helped the Lilywhites take control of the game. In Italy, if I play in Greece on Thursday I can ask to play on Monday night, but I have to play again in 63 hours.

Sarri previously has encouraged Kante to go forward in matches.

And Hargreaves reckons he has seen the success of Sancho and Nelson and wants to emulate them. Sarri highlighted Hazard's situation in the pre-match conference.

Chelsea maintained their flawless record in Europa League Group E with a 4-0 win over PAOK, who played for 83 minutes with 10 men.

Sarri's side lost for the first time since the Community Shield against Tottenham at the weekend, and the Italian is expected to make plenty of changes - particularly as his team play 10 times in December. I'm pretty sure he will score more goals. "It is not easy because we have 28 players".

"The points average of Man City could see them get more than 100, I think, so it is hard for us to keep up", he added.

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