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Jamie Carragher and David Ginola discuss how to get the best out of N'Golo Kante

Jamie Carragher and David Ginola discuss how to get the best out of N'Golo Kante

On Monday night football, Jamie Carragher and David Ginola talked about how to get the best out of N & # 39; Golo Kante and Jorginho in Chelsea.

After Chelsea's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday, there has been a lot of debate about the composition of Maurizio Sarri's midfield and David Ginola believes the Italian is making a mistake. The former French international wants to see N & # 39; Golo Kante in a central role.

"In the French team, he plays in the middle," said Ginola. Monday night soccer.

"I do not know who you play on the side, but when you have a quality player like Kante, then you play in the middle."

"I love him because if you take him out of the French team, he does not look the same, but he plays in the central position and this is the key position in modern football."

"For me, Chelsea is wrong to play Kante in that position [on the right]. Chelsea is wrong. He is not good in that position. "

Jamie Carragher agreed.

Kante is a very average player in the position where he is playing now.

Jamie Carragher

"Kante is a very average player in the position he is playing now," he said. "I just saw a normal midfielder, when he's playing here [deeper] I see a clbad midfielder. "

It's not just that Kante is not at his best to the right of center three of Sarri. Jorginho, the deep game creator that is being used in that central role, is not as defensively effective.

That was a problem against the Spurs as he was taken out of space for Harry Kane's goal and then exposed on Heung-min Son's counterattack for the third.

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Even so, Carragher is an admirer of Jorginho and does not expect Sarri to abandon his policy of using the international midfielder from Italy in a centralized manner.

"Jorginho is not moving from that position," said Carragher. "He's Sarri's man, he's built his system around him, Kante is not moving because he's about to sign a mbadive contract."

"What I would immediately say is that Jorginho has been excellent this season, and the teams have to change their system and style at times to counter Jorginho, which shows how good he is and how important he has been for Chelsea."

"If he has players around him like Dele Alli or Gylfi Sigurdsson or Juan Mata also did for Manchester United, this means there should be room for other players."

"Against the Spurs, the space was in the wide areas because they were playing a diamond, so that meant there should be room for Eden Hazard and Willian."

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So, what can Sarri do to prevent Chelsea from suffering like they did at Wembley? Carragher believes that a small adjustment in the form of the equipment could be enough to solve the problem.

"I do not think the balance of this midfield looks good with Mateo Kovacic there," he added. "Maybe Sarri is stuck in a 4-3-3, but actually I think it's pretty simple to play them as a midfield two and maybe with Ross Barkley or Willian in the No. 10 role in a 4-2-3-1.

"It makes Kante come back to the ball and actually relieves some pressure on Jorginho because there are now two players looking to get the ball and put Chelsea to play."

"But I do not think anything revolutionary has to change, Jorginho is a good player."

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