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Ex-Chelsea striker Sutton: Sarri has found new level for Kante

Former Chris Sutton believes manager Maurizio Sarri has found a new gear in N'Golo Kante's game.

Jorginho is Sarri's preferred choice on a holding role and the new boss has elected to utilise Kante further forward as a box-to-box midfielder.

The experiment looks to be paying off so far after Kante scored Chelsea's first goal of the season in victory at Huddersfield Town.

"It's not often you see N'Golo Kante marauding down the wing and trying to get into the box," Sutton told the Daily Mail.

“But that is how Maurizio Sarri has got him playing.

“Rather than sit back, Sarri wants his new-look Chelsea to play pressing football and win the ball high up the pitch. Who better to do that than the France midfielder?

“He is brilliant at intercepting the ball but with Jorginho shielding the defence, Kante has been tasked with harrying opponents further forwards.

“On the right of a midfield three, he has the freedom to be a box-to-box midfielder. In this role, we could see Kante take his game to an even higher level."

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