Chelsea boss Sarri criticises Kante for his role in Spurs loss

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The 27-year-old has been encouraged to become more involved in Chelsea's attack but only has a goal and an assist to his name from 13 Premier League appearances.

Despite being impressed with the youngster's performance, Sarri wasn't getting carried away.

Speaking to reporters about the Chelsea midfield, Sarri said: "I think as you know I want to play a central midfielder who is a very technical player, for me the centre midfielder is either Jorginho or Fabregas". He is 18. I want to find space for him.

Another second-half sub in Willian should have added to Chelsea's tally late on, only to meet his match in Paschalakis, and Barkley clipped the roof of the net from his free kick in the final minute of play as Sarri's men returned to winning ways easily. "But it was only a reaction to the difficulties".

Maurizio Sarri says he "does not know" whether Callum Hudson-Odoi is good enough to start for Chelsea in the Premier League at this stage of his career.

"Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side", Sarri added.

Sarri was pressed further on whether his instructions for Kante to stay close to Jorginho are in any way contradictory when demanding more goals and action in the final third.

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"He has to improve on the offensive phase, because he is very good one against one, but he has to learn to move without the ball".

He will undoubtedly be swayed by the likes of Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson, who left Manchester City and Arsenal permanently and have prospered in the Bundesliga and in Europe this season. I am always eager to play but it is the coach's decision.

He said: "I've scored goals in the past but it's true that I was waiting for more chances".

"On Saturday we played very badly, a match without determination", he said.

"I want to see we learned our lessons".

"The targets are very clear in my mind: in the short period, to win something".

Olivier Giroud, Alvaro Morata and Callum Hudson-Odoi all register for Chelsea as they brush aside PAOK with a 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge. "Not easy to put him in the starting XI because, maybe, on the bench in the Premier League matches there was Moses or Pedro, so it's hard not to put that kind of player in the starting XI".

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