Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has defended ex-boss Maurizio Sarri’s decision to play Kante in a more ‘advanced role’.
Maurizio Sarri came under a lot criticism whilst at London club Chelsea, but no reason brought more criticism than his decision to play French midfielder N’Golo Kante in a more ‘advanced role’.
Gianfranco Zola argues this however, giving two reasons for why Sarri done this and supports the new Juventus manager in the process.
Whilst speaking to BeIN Sports Zola said, “The main reason is that in the way Sarri plays, the sitting midfielder (the number six) plays the most balls in the whole team.”
Which viewers certainly saw when watching Chelsea last season, as well as midfielder Jorginho received many plaudits at the beginning of the season.
The second reason however, some may argue against: “The second reason is that Kante is not a sitting midfielder. He has played in a midfield two in Leicester and the first two years with Chelsea”
“In Leicester he was playing with Drinkwater who was actually the sitting one, and Kante was moving around. He was free to go forwards, sideways, backwards, wherever he wanted.”
Comments like these are clearly true when you factor in the how much of the pitch Kante covers each game, but then why did Sarri come into so much criticism for Kante’s ‘new’ role?
Was it merely that Chelsea fans did not like the new coach and needed something to complain about or is N’Golo Kante a holding midfielder at heart?
What do you think is N’Golo Kante’s best role? Feel free to leave your opinions under in the comment section.