N'Golo Kante vs Crystal Palace.

Chelsea fans were discussing Kante's role in Sarri's system during Palace win

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Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

It was a difficult game at times for Maurizio Sarri's side, who were imperious in the 4-0 win away at Burnley last weekend.

Alvaro Morata gave the Blues the lead in the first-half, but Roy Hodgson's Palace side rallied and equalised through Andros Townsend.

However, Morata was on hand to score his second of the game to seal the three points, with Eden Hazard recording an assist just moments after coming on.

Pedro Rodriguez sealed the win moments later after, turning home a great cross from Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea are now second in the table, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

But it wasn't all positive on Twitter from Blues supporters, with a lot of fans discussing the role of N'Golo Kante.

The Frenchman has been used in a more attacking role under Sarri and a lot of fans believe he simply doesn't suit the system after watching him against Palace.


It's an interesting topic, particularly with the midfield options Sarri does have at his disposal and the fact that Kante has played every minute of Premier League football so far this season.

Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were both on the bench, with both players better suited to a more attacking role.

Jorginho is the key man in Sarri's midfield plans, so Kante is not going to be handed the position at the base of midfield anytime soon.

Even when the Italian was brought off against Palace, his replacement Cesc Fabregas went into his position instead of Kante.

Kante fights for the ball

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta recently stated his desire to play alongside the Frenchman, labelling him the 'centrepiece' of the Chelsea team.

"He's a player I'd like to have had in my team for many years," he told RMC Sport.

"He's not going to come to Japan, but he's definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game.

"His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team."

Kante competing with Wilfred Zaha

Sadly, it seems his days as the 'centrepiece' are starting to come to an end.

Maurizio Sarri
Jorginho Frello Filho
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Mateo Kovacic
N'Golo Kante
Alvaro Morata
Eden Hazard
Premier League
Marcos Alonso
Crystal Palace

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