Pires: Sarri making mistake with world best Kante
You don’t play best players out of their positions, Pires
criticised Sarri for playing Kante out of position
The former Arsenal midfielder is highly critical of Chelsea’s manager usage of N’golo Kante, who he deemed as the ‘world best defensive midfielder.’
Kante is the world best defensive midfielder and you play the best in their position, but Maurizio Sarri is making obvious mistake with the former Leicester City player, says Robert Pires.
As part of the former Napoli manager tactical main adjustments since he took over the helms at Chelsea in the summer, was to play Kante in a more advanced role, and deploy summer acquisition Jorginho at the base of the midfield.
A run of poor results recently put Sarri under pressure to restore Kante back to his
According to the Italian, he needed a defensive midfielder who could move the ball fast and Kante is not the best at it.
Pires, who won the Premier League twice during his six years stay at Arsenal said Sarri making an adjustment could be decisive for the Blues to finish in the top four or not.
Pires told Bwin, “Kante is the best defensive midfielder in the world, but he is being asked to play further forward by Sarri at Chelsea this season.
“I think this is a very obvious mistake and when you have the best player in the world in their position, you play them in that position.
“However, I’m not the manager and Sarri is determined to play Jorginho because he wants a creative foundation that Kante can’t guarantee at the base of midfield. This decision and if Sarri shows any flexibility may decide whether Chelsea finish in the top four or not.”
The 45 years old former France international, also weighed in on Chelsea’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga mutinous act in the club’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
“It was a very strange situation with Sarri and Kepa at Wembley.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before. It was perhaps a misunderstanding, but it was very poorly handled and would have definitely been on the players’ minds when they were heading for penalties.
“We’ll never know how much it impacted them, but it also took attention away from a much-improved performance by Chelsea.”