Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: 'I quizzed each player on Tottenham Hotspur defeat'

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"But Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side".

Chelsea FC's defence was exposed during their 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday to leave the Blues eight points behind leaders Manchester City.

Sarri previously has encouraged Kante to go forward in matches.

Sarri then organised individual meetings in which he questioned his players about the performance. For me the centre midfielder is Jorginho or [Cesc] Fabregas.

Sarri also hinted it may be possible that Kante - who last week signed a new five-year contract making him Chelsea's highest-paid player on around £290,000-a-week - does not yet understand what his manager is asking him to do. "I spoke with the doctor and he has a back problem this morning, so I think he will not be able to play tomorrow (today)", Sarri told reporters.

However, Pochettino's targeted man-marking of Jorginho using multiple players to do so severely affected Chelsea's ball transition. 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.

"Maybe for Tottenham it was easier because the players of Tottenham played here in London, played on Sunday [for England]". But their deficiencies were expertly covered up by Kante - the best defensive midfielder in the world bar none.

Maurizio Sarri was frustrated with the performance in the loss to Tottenham and wants a reaction from his players
Maurizio Sarri was frustrated with the performance in the loss to Tottenham and wants a reaction from his players

There has been talk this week of moving Kante deeper into the role which is now occupied by Jorginho, but Sarri is having none of it.

"We just want to make it right in the next game". I had a meeting of ten minutes individual meetings.

"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.

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.

According to the Italian, Moses is now suffering from a back injury, while Hazard picked up a slight injury.