Sarri had one-to-one meetings with players after loss to Spurs

Marcus Newton
November 29, 2018

If they want to man-mark Jorginho, Kante can receive the ball. Goals by Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Heung Min Son gave Tottenham a comfortable 3-1 win.

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.

The Blues were beaten 3-1 at Tottenham in an exhilarating London derby, and manager Maurizio Sarri admitted afterwards that the defeat highlighted some of the problems he has believed for some time that the team had.

However, Sarri's appointment as manager in July prompted the arrival of Italy worldwide Jorginho in a £57m deal to help the Italian boss implement his style at Stamford Bridge.

"As you know, I want to play a central midfielder as a very technical player - a Jorginho or Cesc Fàbregas. I spoke with the doctor and he has a back problem this morning, so I think he will not be able to play tomorrow (today)", Sarri told reporters. "If the ball is on the left, we have (Marcos) Alonso, (Eden) Hazard, (Mateo) Kovacic, (Ross) Barkley, so in that situation he has to stay very close to Jorginho".

Prior to the start of this season, there were rumours that the Spaniard could be on his way back to Santiago Bernabeu due to his inability score plenty goals during the previous season.

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More than the scoreline it was the manner of the defeat that raised eyebrows as Chelsea were by far second best in what was a thrilling display by Tottenham. He's not only one of the best midfielders on the planet, but he's also a humble and highly likeable guy.

It wasn't just Kante who came in for some Sarri stick. Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill have played together several times in Europe this season and I expect they'll get another chance to impress against POAK tomorrow night. A problem to be immediately ready at 100 percent.

Chelsea will be looking to guarantee top spot in Group L when they take on POAK Salonika in the Europa League at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.

According to the Italian, Moses is now suffering from a back injury, while Hazard picked up a slight injury.

"I have a meeting of five or 10 minutes with the individuals, individual meetings with the players", he added.

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