Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed he’s been told to play more of an attacking role under new Blues manager Maurizio Sarri this season.
The France international has earned the reputation as one of the very finest defensive midfield players in world football in recent years.
With one of the best engines in the game and superb timing of the tackle, Kante has been a vital component of successful Leicester City, Chelsea and France sides for his work in front of the back four.
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However, it seems he’s been given a surprise new role under Sarri since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, with more license to bomb forward and cause trouble in the opposition box.
Kante certainly did so to good effect as he netted in Chelsea’s win at Huddersfield over the weekend, and he says this is all part of the plan under the new manager.
‘Yes it’s a new manager and a new system,’ Kante told beINSPORTS, as translated by the Metro.
‘I play a little bit more forward and I will give my best in this position for the team and I hope we can keep doing good things for the future.
‘Yes it’s very true to be more offensive, to find the striker, to cause problems for the opponents. ‘I think we started well and I hope for the next game against Arsenal we can have a good result.
Sarri’s predecessor Antonio Conte notably made some interesting changes when he took over two years ago, but turning one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe into more of an attacker is certainly thinking outside the box and will be an interesting one to watch out for this season.
The Italian tactician notably did fascinating things with his previous club Napoli, so fans can be excited that he’s seen some potential in Kante as an extra attacker.