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Gary Lineker has labelled Sarri's decision to not change Kante's position as 'nonsense'.

Gary Lineker tweets after Maurizio Sarri says he won't change N'Golo Kante's role

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Maurizio Sarri has come under-fire recently for the way he is using N'Golo Kante.

The French midfielder is regarded as one of the, if not the best defensive midfielder in the world, but Jorginho has been occupying that role since Sarri's arrival.

Instead, Kante is being deployed in a more advanced role in midfield, which is limiting his impact on the pitch.

And, after Chelsea's disappointing 3-1 loss against Tottenham last weekend, many began to question why Sarri is using Kante in that position.

Alan Shearer is just one that has expressed his view.

"Why Maurizio Sarri is not playing N’Golo Kante in front of his back four baffles me," he wrote in his column for the Sun.

"Without the little French dynamo in that hole, tidying up, tracking runners, it leaves the Chelsea central defenders David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger massively exposed — as Spurs showed to such devastating effect on Saturday night.

"Kante is the best defensive midfielder in the world bar none. Jorginho is not in the same class.

"Kante is wasted playing where he did against Spurs, higher up the park and to the right. He is not an attacking midfielder."

N'Golo Kante in action in Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea

Sarri has now responded, claiming on Wednesday that he would rather a more technical player like Jorginho or Cesc Fabregas in Kante's preferred role.

"I think, as you know, I want to play a central midfielder as a very technical player – a Jorginho or Fabregas," Sarri said on Wedneday, per football.london.

"I don't want Kante in this position. Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes but in the wrong way."

That is probably fair enough.

Maurizio Sarri doesn't want to change N'Golo Kante's position

As Sarri alluded to, his system requires a better passer in the middle of the park to dictate play.

But, his comments haven't gone down well with some.

Gary Lineker tweeted his opinion earlier on Thursday, calling it 'nonsense' and saying it would be a good idea for rival clubs to put a bid in.

He wrote: "He may have signed a new contract, but given this nonsense, it could be worth a large bid from any club who wants to win things."

Lineker must have been feeling brave when he posted this.

There has been a mixed reaction to his comments, but probably slightly more negative replies than positive ones.

Many are backing Sarri, saying Jorginho is a much better fit for the 'regista' role that is so vital for his system.

And others felt wound up by the suggestion that rivals clubs should put a bid in for him, despite him signing a new contract earlier this week.

Topics:
Gary Lineker
Football
Maurizio Sarri
Jorginho Frello Filho
Antonio Rudiger
N'Golo Kante
David Luiz
Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea

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