Europa League: Sarri confirms two Chelsea players to miss PAOK clash

Virginia Santiago
November 29, 2018

"I have to think about everything because Saturday we played very badly, a match without determination, but we lost one match after 110 days, so the team did well, generally".

The Belgian superstar has had to contend with several slight problems in recent months and is now suffering with an ankle complaint.

Sarri has encouraged Kante to get forward in matches and his latest comments may appear to be a contradiction.

Spurs' devastating trio not only showed their offensive qualities but also their defensive astuteness as well, especially Alli, who rendered Jorginho ineffective via a tight man-marking job in the middle of the park.

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"I think N'Golo can play every single position in midfield", he said.

"Why Maurizio Sarri is not playing N'Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me".

Instead, Carragher feels the incoherence that occasionally hurts the Blues' midfield stems from Sarri instructing Kante to play in a less effective position.

"Maybe for Tottenham it was easier because the players of Tottenham played here in London, played on Sunday [for England]".

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Sarri has done very well to mould the squad he inherited into something capable of producing style the football he wants, though it's far from ideal. He wasn't the only player who failed to deliver, but because we rely on his influence so heavily, we suffered with him being off the boil. On Monday they were all together, but the situation was similar. For me, I don't ever think this balance of the midfield looks right with [Mateo] Kovacic in there.

Chelsea turn their attention to the Europa League on Thursday, knowing that a point against PAOK at home will secure top spot in Group L.

Victor Moses is not in contention to make his seventh appearance of the season in all competitions when Chelsea host Chuba Akpom's PAOK in the UEFA Europa League today.

PAOK would be eliminated should they lost at Stamford Bridge and Vidi beat BATE Borisov, with the three points seeing the Hungarian side through to the last 32.

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Sarri said: "I am anxious because 25 days ago he had a back injury. Of course I think that he can not play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest". One week of training and a couple of matches and he'll be back at the best level of physical condition.

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