CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri has pulled off a masterstroke with his new position for midfielder N’Golo Kante.
That is the verdict of former Chelsea striker turned pundit Chris Sutton.
Italian coach Sarri led the Blues to victory in his first game in charge on Saturday.
Goals from Kante, Jorginho and Pedro gave them a 3-0 win at Huddersfield.
Summer-signing Jorginho slotted into Kante’s regular holding midfield position, allowing the Frenchman to venture further forward.
And Sutton is a big fan of the change in role for the World Cup winner.
He reckons Kante is even better in his new position, allowing Jorginho to sit deep and dictate play.
“Kante’s playing a slightly different role,” Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Jorginho’s playing as the holding midfielder, quarter-back if you like.
“Kante has been released further forward, he even scored at the weekend.
“But actually, I think that suits him in terms of if you want to play a pressing game at a high intensity, who is better at that than Kante?
“I think that’s a masterstroke.
“Jorginho topped all the passing stats in the top-five European leagues last season.
“I think he’s got better quality on the ball than Kante.”
Chelsea are back in action this Saturday against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners lost their opening game of the campaign against reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday 2-0.
New boss Unai Emery will be looking for his first points as Arsenal head coach in his first away game in charge.