Has Maurizio Sarri finally found N’Golo Kante’s perfect role?
It’s taken a while, but Maurizio Sarri looks to have finally unlocked the true N’Golo Kante.
The Frenchman started the season slowly, looking slightly uncomfortable in the advanced position he was being playing in.
Kante’s previous managers have primarily used him as a holding midfielder, so creating didn’t seem like his strongest attribute.
And this all came to a head in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley a few weeks ago.
However, Chelsea’s victory over the previously undefeated Manchester City highlighted Sarri’s tweaking of Kante’s position.
Although he played slightly deeper against the reigning Premier League champions, Kante still scored Chelsea’s first goal.
He was always an option for Chelsea’s attacking players, but rarely looked to run beyond Eden Hazard who was playing as a lone front-man.
But against Pep Guardiola’s side, Kante was able to get back to his tough-tackling, intercepting best.
He consistently broke up Manchester City attacks, and was constantly hurrying their players which often forced poor decisions.
Kante provides important mobility that, alongside Jorginho, will be very important in an increasingly physical Premier League.
So for Sarri’s side to have success in the future, he needs to make Kante feel comfortable in the midfield.
And going off his performance yesterday, it looks as if he might have found his perfect position.