Maurizio Sarri Has One-On-One Meetings Following Loss To Spurs

Are Tottenham peaking at the right time this season?

Are Tottenham peaking at the right time this season?

That appears to be limiting the effectiveness of Kante, while rival teams are beginning to target and stifle Jorginho because he is so influential to Chelsea's style of play.

The 3-1 loss saw them slip to fourth on the Premier League table and seven points adrift of leaders Manchester City after 12 matches.

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.

Sarri held individual talks with the players following the Spurs defeat after admitting to concerns about their "motivation" at Wembley.

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

Midfield: Sarri is also set to give Jorginho a breather ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Fulham so Cesc Fabregas will come in to replace the Italian global in the deep lying playmaker role. I don't want Kante in this position, ' said Sarri.

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Since Sarri's arrival from Napoli in July, however, the manager has preferred to play Jorginho, whom he signed from his... When the ball is on the left, he has to stay very close to Jorginho. PAOK have failed to score in three of their four group games so far, and they didn't create much against the Blues in Thessaloniki.

"We thought that if we could stop that - and we wanted to win the ball up high - so I wanted to be as close to him as possible to make sure that we did win the ball up high, break early and create the chances we did". But we have to understand why we played against Tottenham without determination. For me, I don't ever think this balance of the midfield looks right with [Mateo] Kovacic in there.

"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". A problem to be immediately ready at 100 percent. In the first 10 games of the season, the 26-year-old striker scored five League goals and three assists.

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.

Hazard is out with an ankle injury sustained against Spurs, but should be back to face Fulham.

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