Hazard ruled out of Europa League clash

Hazard ruled out of Europa League clash

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri will persist with playing N'Golo Kante in an unfamiliar advanced position in midfield despite acknowledging the France worldwide has yet to settle in his new role.

"I talked to them player by player, a meeting of five to 10 minutes with the individuals", said Sarri, who will rest Eden Hazard against PAOK after the Belgian suffered an ankle injury at the weekend.

Hargreaves was working as a pundit for Chelsea's Europa League clash at home to PAOK Salonika on Thursday.

Chelsea head into the contest on the back of a 3-1 league defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, their first loss of the season, where Kante and Jorginho struggled to influence the game. He lost the position, he attacked too much. "I don't think we've seen the best of him in this role but I do think he can become like a Michael Essien, who can be fantastic in that role but also going forward, using his energy as a box-to-box midfielder". While the Italian global plays an extremely vital role as the pivot in Sarri's offensive phase, Jorginho does not have the necessary defensive qualities to sufficiently provide cover for the Chelsea back four.

We expect a midfield three of Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

"He has to work and he is very good in the one on one, but he has to move without the ball. I think he can not play ten matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest".

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The Blues are already through to the Europa League last 32 and need a point to win Group L with one match to go.

Kante's adopted a different position from last season, playing a more attacking role following the summer signing of Jorginho.

Sarri said: "I am anxious because 25 days ago he had a back injury. It was only a reaction to the difficulties".

"I think N'Golo can play every single position in midfield", he said.

The 20-year-old hitman admits that the Spaniard's movement and pace are something he wants to learn from as he continues to develop in his own career as a striker.

"Look, 45 minutes, how many clips have we shown of him?"

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