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Sarri reacts to 56-year-old manager’s claim

Bright Okafor

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Former Chelsea manager and player Ruud Gullit was among those who questioned the effectiveness of Kante’s current position as compared to when he was under Antonio Conte.

Ngolo Kante came in when Conte needed versatility at the midfield, which includes defensive minded players. Kante as a supportive midfielder who covered every loophole on the pitch was regarded with a cliche and was nicknamed by his fans:

“75% of Earth is covered with water and the rest is covered by N’Golo Kante”

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But currently, it seems to have changed under the new manager because the French player is now considered more on the right-hand side in the attacking position.

A lot of supporters think he would have been preferred playing at the centre but others object and think the coach has his reason.

Perhaps it’s not that easy to switch the World Cup winner’s position to that of Jorginho’s because the Italian midfielder is good at his feet with the ball. Kante, however, is a better ball winner and their manager prefers holding the ball than playing behind it.

Tactically, Sarri thinks he is comfortable with his position:

  • “Kante is a great midfielder and I think that he is able to play in every position in my midfield. “ he said.

Sarri will enjoy rotating his midfielders cause he has plenty of options to pick from. The likes of Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also vying for places.

Cesc Fabregas likewise is on the verge of returning to training and everyone will be poised to see how well he can rotate these players.

Okafor Bright is a B.Eng holder of Petroleum Engineering who is passionate about sports, articles and content development.