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After Chelsea‘s heaviest Premier League defeat, Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante tried to find the reasons of Sunday’s tremendous loss with Manchester City.

It’s difficult to explain,’” Kante told Chelsea official website. “They outclassed us. It was a collective failing. They outclassed us from the first minute to the last minute, and they made the difference in the first minutes of the first half. It was very difficult to come back from that”.

All the Blues players, however have to react and the busy schedule of the next few weeks can help them to do so: “It’s a great disappointment and we have to react. It’s difficult to accept such a heavy defeat, but we have a lot of matches coming up to lift our heads and give us hope for good results at the end of this season”. the French midfielder went on. “We all have disappointment etched across our faces, but we`ve got a lot to learn from this, and hopefully we will not repeat the same mistakes in the future.”

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Also Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson gave his thoughts on the London derby which Maurizio Sarri‘s men were able to win at Selhurst Park, thanks to N’Golo Kante‘s goal in the 55th minute.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Hodgson told journalists: “We couldn’t be more adventurous unless we wanted to get beaten 4-0 or 5-0It wasn’t one of our better days technically so we could have opened ourselves up for 40 minutes and see them exploit the spaces, or we could try and do what we did and keep things tight and the keep the game under some sort of control until 20 minutes from the end and try to take our chances”.

“That’s what we did but it didn’t work as we didn’t score. It was the sort of game where we could have played better on the ball, and they were very, very good in terms of their organisation and structure, so it was going to be a tight game if we could keep it tight. That’s why we lost the game 1-0 and not by a lot of goals.”

He added: “They were very good, but in the first half our discipline was very focussed and we limited their goalscoring chances, and apart from their offside goal I thought we did quite well.

“After they scored the goal we missed two opportunities but we couldn’t get hold of the ball enough as they kept it too well and we weren’t able to get it from them.”

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After Chelsea‘s loss to Tottenham and ahead of tomorrow Europa League game vs PAOK, the Blues manager Maurizio Sarri has explained he didn’t like the way N’Golo Kante played on Saturday at Wembley:

Kante in the last match wanted to solve the match after the first 15 minutes, but in the wrong way”. Sarri said. “He lost the position, he attacked too much the other box. And I think this one is not one of the best characteristics of Kante. It was only a reaction to the difficulties.”

Also, Sarri said he wants other players to play as centre midfielder: “I want to play as a centre midfielder with a very technical player. For me the centre midfielder is Jorginho or (Cesc) Fabregas”. the Italian manager claimed. “I don’t want Kante in this position”.

 

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During his pre-match press conference, Chelsea’s manager Maurizio Sarri reacted to N’Golo Kante contract extension with the London club.

N’Golo for us is not an important player, he is a determined player and I am very happy for him. It is very good news for us. I know that David said something about him, that he doesn’t want to pay the bill in the restaurant, but he is a very professional player on the pitch and off it”. Sarri explained. “He is very important defensively, but he can score more and he can improve in the final 25 metres of the pitch”.

Now, the Italian manager hopes also another Chelsea star, Eden Hazard, could sign a new contract with the Blues: “I don’t know the movement of the contract”. Sarri admitted. “He is doing very well, he played on Sunday so was with us on Tuesday. But I hope we can do [a new contract], I hope so”.

 

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has today extended his stay at Stamford Bridge, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

The Frenchman has put  the pen to paper on a new and improved five-year deal with the Blues.

After joining from Leciester City back in the summer of 2016, Kante has been crucial in Antonio Conte‘s line-up as well as an ever-present midfielder in Chelsea unbeaten start to the current Premier League campaign under Maurizio Sarri‘s management.

Kante told Chelsea’s official website: “I’m happy to extend my time with Chelsea, it has been two beautiful years and I wish for more to come. Since I came, I completely improved as a player, challenged myself and got some awards I never thought about. I like the city, I like the club and I am happy to be here for more time”.

Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted N’Golo has signed a new contract and sees his long-term future with Chelsea. When he arrived, we knew we had signed a special player but he has astounded everybody with his tireless and unselfish displays.

“Off the pitch, he remains a dedicated professional and a humble human being despite the fact he is a world champion and a two-time Premier League winner. We now look forward to five more years with N’Golo at the heart of the Chelsea midfield”.

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has today extended his stay at Stamford Bridge, as the club’s official website confirmed earlier this morning.

The Frenchman has put  the pen to paper on a new and improved five-year deal with the Blues.

After joining from Leciester City back in the summer of 2016, Kante has been crucial in Antonio Conte‘s line-up as well as an ever-present midfielder in Chelsea unbeaten start to the current Premier League campaign under Maurizio Sarri‘s management.

Club director Marina Granovskaia told Chelsea’s official website: “We are delighted N’Golo has signed a new contract and sees his long-term future with Chelsea. When he arrived, we knew we had signed a special player but he has astounded everybody with his tireless and unselfish displays.

“Off the pitch, he remains a dedicated professional and a humble human being despite the fact he is a world champion and a two-time Premier League winner. We now look forward to five more years with N’Golo at the heart of the Chelsea midfield”.

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According some reports, especially from the London Evening StandardChelsea‘s midfielder N’Golo Kante will soon sign a new contract with the Blues.

The new five-year deal will be worth 290.000 pounds per week, that is to say, 15 millions pounds every season. Now, Kante’s contract is due to expire in 2021, but with Paris S.Germain and Barcelona eyeing a move for the French player, Chelsea are trying to secure a new contract to keep Kante at Stamford Bridge.

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Olivier Giroud played the whole game, Kurt Zouma came off the bench in the second half (replacing Real Madrid centre-back Varane, injured) while N’Golo Kante was an unused sub for France in their 2-2 draw against Iceland in Guingamp last night.

The Chelsea defender, who’s currently enjoying a loan spell at Everton, went close to complete the two-goal turnaround with a header in the extra-time, when a penalty was awarded for a handball and was eventually converted by PSG star Kylian Mbappe. Moreover, Zouma earned his third international cap, the first since 2015.

The Chelsea striker was booked later in the second half, while Kante remained an unused sub with both Paul Pogba and AS Roma’s Steven N’Zonzi featuring in midfield.

 

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Two Chelsea players, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard have been included in the short-list of 55 men who will compete to get their spot in the FIFA FIFPro World11 2018.

The team of last season’s 11 best players will be announced in London on Monday 24 September.

N’Golo Kante won the World Cup with France while Eden Hazard ended the competition in third place with Belgium. Both players lifted the Fa Cup in May when the Blues defeated Manchester United at Wembley with Hazard scoring the winning goal.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri ruled Cesc Fabregas out for tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth:

“Cesc is still out,” the Italian manager revealed.

“He is working in water. We hope that next week he will be able to work on the pitch. I am sure the injury is not serious, but he has pain in the knee. The pain is still there so for him it is impossible to run on the pitch, only in water.’

Sarri claimed he had no reaction to his Premier League Manager of the Month nomination,but he spoke about Marcos Alonso, who is up for the Player of the Month:

“Alonso played very well for three matches. He is a very good player who can improve in the defensive phase. He has physical qualities at the top level, so I think he can do more in the defensive phase, but I’m not worried. He is a very good player and I think he can do more.”

The Italian coach was asked if anyone might leave before the loan transfer window closes tonight

“Maybe Tammy [Abraham]. It’s up to him. I am not able to guarantee to him a spot at the moment, but if he wants to remain I am very happy with him. He is very young for a striker, and he can improve more. It’s up to him.”

Sarri also commented Jorginho and N’Golo Kante performances so far this season

Jorginho in this moment is a very important player for us and he is used to playing my football. He is very useful for me, first of all, but also for his team-mates.

“Kante is a great midfielder, and he is able to play in every position in my midfield. It’s not a problem for him! I have been surprised by the technical qualities of Kante.”

Sarri spoke also about Ruben Loftus-Cheek who he says can feature more in the coming months

“I am very, very happy with him. In the last 10 days he has improved a lot. I am really very happy with him. He will be important for sure, starting in September when we will play every three days. I think Loftus will be very useful for us.

“I think he can be a Premier League starter at Chelsea. It’s not easy to play here, there are 25 very good players so it’s not easy to play in the starting XI, but if he improves more he will be ready to play from the beginning.

“He has to improve in order to play my football. He has great qualities from the physical and technical point of view, but he has to improve in the tactical point of view.”

Sarri didn’t want to discuss the Europa League draw claiming he has to study Chelsea opponents before, but he did revealed he met Cherries manager Eddie Howe some years ago:

“Eddie came to Empoli three or four years ago for a few days, and then I had three days with him when Napoli played a friendly in Bournemouth last year.

“I know him very well. He is a very interesting young coach. He will make a mark in English football in the future.

“Bournemouth are very dangerous opponents for us. They are well organised, they are dangerous in counter-attacks, so the match will be very difficult for us, but we want to be in control of the match, and try to gain points.”

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