Kante growing into new role with Chelsea

Elena Summers
January 1, 2019

They are seemingly out of the title race but they will still have to consistently play good football in order to ensure that they attain a top-four finish.

This adds to the team's fitness problems, particularly in attack with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also now sidelined.

"Fabregas' is a neck problem".

"We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days", Sarri said.

Kante has sometimes looked out of sorts in his different position this season, but he showed signs of getting to grips with it on Sunday, scoring the victor at Crystal Palace with a well-timed run and cool finish. What contrast in the space of a few days.

Chelsea may only have won the match 1-0, but courtesy of a very timid display by their opponents, the former Premier League champions were never really in danger of losing the three points once N'Golo Kante gave them the lead in the first half. "He's someone with the profile we're looking for, and the ability we are looking for, which once again today I thought we were sadly lacking". It was hard to defend in the last five minutes.

Still, there appears the added competition from AC Milan, although the Italian side's Financial Fair Play concerns may mean that the Blues could take advantage over the proceedings by discussing a straight-cash deal rather than going with monthly settlements. We have to work on [Loftus-Cheek] and Barkley on this. "Loftus, especially, is a very great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball".

"If Steve [Parish] has mentioned that then it's obviously no secret that he is a target of ours and is someone who we would like to add". "He would provide the attacking threat that a good centre forward should provide..." He's a proven goalscorer through all the age groups at Chelsea and England. It's a move that suits all parties as Liverpool are happy for him to get Premier League experience and Palace get a bright young forward for the rest of the season.

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