Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is still optimistic of featuring for Chelsea this season if they eventually reach the Europa League final.
The French midfielder went off injured just 10 minutes into Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday, and Sarri admitted afterwards it was a mistake to play him in the tie.
However, the former Leicester ace believes it wasn’t Sarri’s fault considering he had a clean bill of health prior to the encounter.
Will Kante be fit for the @EuropaLeague semi-final second leg?
"He has a problem with his hamstring, but I think I made a mistake, he should have rested today."
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 5, 2019
Speaking to Goal, Kante addressed Sarri’s claim that he was at fault: “No. I was just fine and it just happened. I’m ok, I just have pain through my hamstring and I just need a bit of time to check what it is.
“That is one possibility [that I will be out until the final], but first, we need to check and take the time to check everything to see how long it will take.”
Chelsea secured Champions League football next season with the win against Watford but Kante is now targeting a third-placed finish.
“As we know we have two targets and, after a difficult time in the league, we have the opportunity to finish well and take the third position.
“It will be an important game against Leicester and we still have the second leg of the Europa League.
N'Golo Kanté has improved so much in his new box-to-box role under Sarri. A lot of the media keep saying he's being played out of position, but it's clear to see this new role is perfectly suited to him.
This man just keeps getting better and better…pic.twitter.com/VPfSNh4e9Y
— Con (@ConnCFC) February 28, 2019
“We cannot say that [we have momentum] because at too many times this season, we are winning and losing, winning and losing. [The fans] are behind us, they want the same result as we want and they are just trying to show what they want from us [by booing].
“At the end, we all want a good season and to finish well. So we hope we can get what we want on Thursday and go to the final. We want to qualify for the Champions League and get a trophy. It would be a great finish.
“Why not? It can make this season be cheerful. But step by step, the first step is to get to the final.”