Ruud Gullit blasts Maurizio Sarri for playing Kante in a more advanced role

Ruud Gullit blasts Maurizio Sarri for playing Kante in a more advanced role

- Ruud Gullit blasts Maurizio Sarri for playing N'Golo Kante out of position

- The Frenchman has played ahead of Jorginho in all three matches

- The Chelsea legend believes Kante made his name in the defensive midfield

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has slammed Maurizio Sarri for his "strange" decision to play N'Golo Kante out of his natural position.

And Gullit believe the World Cup winner should return to his holding role because his one goal this season came about "by accident".

The Italian manager brought £57.4million Jorginho with him from Napoli and the playmaker's introduction has pushed Kante to a more advanced role.

That resulted in Kante scoring in the season opening 3-0 win against Huddersfield.

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But Gullit believes a player who made his name for making tackles and breaking up play should be given more focus there rather than attacking.

Speaking in his BBC Sport column, Gullit said: "Jorginho is the man Sarri has brought with him from Napoli to channel Chelsea's play through.

"He was heavily involved at St James' Park but, in a game like this, that is an easier job to do, popping the ball around without being pressed.

"Generally in England, though, he will be asked to play at a higher pace and make quicker decisions.

"You do not get any chance of easy build-up, like you would in Italy. So far he has been OK, but let us see how it goes for the rest of the season.

"One of the knock-on effects of Jorginho coming in is N'Golo Kante's move into a more advanced role.

"It is a little bit strange. He is not a goalscorer. He has got one this season, but it was more by accident.

"He is a world champion and I like him more in the holding role he played for France."

Sarri's side continued their perfect start of the season making it three wins from three with the 2-1 win at Newcastle yesterday.

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A 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge came before that, with Kante cementing his reputation as football's nicest guy by posing with a dejected Gunners fan.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has hailed his team's character after the Blues had a hard-earned victory against Newcastle at St James' Park.

The Blues under Antonio Conte lost 3-0 to the Magpies in the final game of last season and new boss Sarri was thrilled with their persistence this time around.

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