Analysis: Four things learned from Chelsea 3-0 Malmo

N’Golo Kante shines

Chelsea v Malmo FF - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: N’Golo Kante of Chelsea battles with Markus Rosenberg of Malmo during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Chelsea and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on February 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

While Jorginho may be struggling, the same cannot be said of N’Golo Kante. As time goes by it becomes harder not to love the Frenchman.

The presumption was that he would struggle under Sarri this season. Removed from his defensive midfield role and asked to do more as a number eight, there was plenty of room for failure.

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Kante, though, has taken it all in his stride. Rather than destroying offences, he is now a midfielder creator. Against Malmo, he was the engine that drove them to victory.

A tireless series of forward runs created chance after chance for his side and was crucial to Chelsea progressing. It may be an abomination that Sarri won’t play him in the holding role, but Kante does not seem too bothered. He’s too good not to perform.


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