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

Kante has regularly been deployed to the right of central playmaker Jorginho during the first few months of Sarri's time in charge, despite having thrived in a role as a defensive midfielder under Antonio Conte and at Leicester City.

Speaking ahead of Thursday's Europa League Group L clash with Greece's PAOK, Sarri said: "I want to play a centre midfielder who is very technical".

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.

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And Sarri believes Kante got carried away, as the Chelsea midfielder attempted to "solve the match" himself, leaving his defence exposed. "He lost the position, he attacked too much", Sarri added. And I think it's not one of the best characteristics of Kante. Sarri has played some attractive football with Chelsea receiving plenty of plaudits and praised by fans and pundits across England. "I know Sarri worked with Jorginho at Napoli and trusts him in that holding position but he had a poor night at Wembley". "Of course I think that he can not play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest". If they want to man-mark Jorginho, Kante can receive the ball.

Olivier Giroud, Kante's teammate for club and country, has no doubt that his fellow World Cup victor will get on Sarri's wavelength sooner rather than later. It is not a big problem now because we have played only six matches but in the future, it may be a problem.

"He has some qualities that I like very much - his pace and he is not bad in front of goal as well". Without dwelling on Saturday's defeat against Tottenham, a single point at home to PAOK Salonika in Europe's second-class cup competition, the Europa League, sees Chelsea into the knock-out phase in the new year. I hope to qualify before the last one or two matches of the group stage.

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