Antonio Conte brought N’Golo Kante to Chelsea in order to do much of what he did for Leicester City last season: break up attacks, intercept passes and prevent the opposition from breaking towards the defence.
Of course, there will be occasions when Kante slips up; when an opposing player skips past him or he misses a tackle.
Yet, aside from the aforementioned requirements, the Frenchman isn’t asked to do a whole lot else for Chelsea.
So when Kante allowed Mesut Ozil to break free in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal today, it was clearly a mistake on the former Leicester man’s part.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, it also led to Ozil scoring.
The German turned Kante with a neat piece of skill in the first half, leaving Gary Cahill and David Luiz stranded. It led to a two-on-two which Ozil scored from after linking up with Alexis Sanchez.
That Kante was so easily beaten surprised Chelsea fans. His half-hearted attempt to chase Ozil infuriated them.
Conte was unwilling to single out any of his players for criticism afterwards, even Cahill, who was at fault for Sanchez’s goal.
"I think that we didn't have the right attitude from the first minute,” the Italian said, per the BBC.
"After today we are thinking we must work a lot because we are a great team only on paper. It is always a team problem rather than individuals, When nothing works it is very hard for a player to play well.
"I don't want to talk about the mistake [from Gary Cahill]. It is not right for the player. We win and lose as a team. If someone thinks this team is ready to fight, I think we must wait to improve a lot to come back a great team on the pitch, not just on paper.
"We have not got the balance and now is the moment to consider everything. It is incredible to concede three goals. We must have last season present in our mind to not repeat the mistakes. We must reflect a lot to find very soon the right way."
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