Maurizio Sarri singles out player for criticism after falling apart against Spurs

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"Dortmund also know that it's gonna be very, very hard to keep him if he doesn't want to renew his contract".

Sarri previously has encouraged Kante to go forward in matches.

More than the scoreline it was the manner of the defeat that raised eyebrows as Chelsea were by far second best in what was a thrilling display by Tottenham.

Chelsea have already qualified for the Europa League knockout rounds ahead of their clash with PAOK, but their fringe players will be determined to impressed at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian superstar has had to contend with several slight problems in recent months and is now suffering with an ankle complaint. "I spoke with the doctor and he has a back problem this morning, so I think he will not be able to play tomorrow (today)", Sarri told reporters.

Sarri has now revealed that he only wants Jorginho or Cesc Fabregas to play at the base of his midfield and has urged Kante to work on his positioning.

"When he plays deeper, I see a world class midfield player".

"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.

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Sarri said: "I am anxious because 25 days ago he had an injury, a back injury".

Asked how long it will take Kante to understand his new role, Sarri said: 'Maybe it's only a question of time, but Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side, on the left'. On Monday they were all together, but the situation was similar.

"I think I just twisted my ankle, but it's like every game, it's the same".

"Kante, in the last match, wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes, but in the wrong way".

Chelsea have an opportunity to respond against PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, when a point will confirm their passage into the round of 32.

Sarri said: "I am anxious because 25 days ago he had a back injury".

"I don't think it's revolutionary". "He will need another week of training and a couple of matches to be in the best physical condition".

Maurizio Sarri conducted one-on-one meetings with his Chelsea players as he sought an explanation for a perceived lack of "determination" in their loss to Spurs.

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