Saun­ders slams Sarri for Kante com­ments

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

-Former Liver­pool striker Dean Saun­ders slammed Chelsea Man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri for com­ments sug­gest­ing that N'Golo Kante is not good enough to play cen­tral mid­field.

Sarri made the state­ment af­ter last week­end's 3-1 de­feat to Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur as Kante en­dured a rare poor out­ing in the Premier League and was caught out of po­si­tion at times too high up the pitch.

The Blues boss said af­ter the match that the France in­ter­na­tional could not be the play­maker in front of the back four as he lacked the tech­ni­cal abil­ity of Cesc Fab­re­gas and Jorginho.

The 27-year-old has been used in an ad­vanced role in 2018/19 as more of a box-to-box mid­fielder.

None­the­less, Saun­ders, who played for 12 clubs from 1982 un­til 2001 scor­ing 190 goals, told talkSPORT: "He's wrong, he's to­tally wrong (for) what he's say­ing.

"Kante is the best player in his po­si­tion in the world. He sees dan­ger and he thinks like a de­fender. Think about it: Danny Drinkwa­ter got in the Eng­land squad be­cause he's play­ing along­side him."Paul Pogba wins the World Cup and looks like a player...look who's play­ing along­side him. David Luiz looked like a cen­tre-half last sea­son, looks who's in front of him and pro­tect­ing him.

"He is the best player of his type in the world, he's like hav­ing two play­ers on the pitch.

"It's that wrong that if I hadn't have heard the in­ter­view, if it was in print, I would have thought he'd been stitched up, there's no way he's said all that. But we've just heard it!

"I can't be­lieve he's said that in pub­lic. He's ham­mered him."

LON­DON AFP

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