Chelsea vs. PAOK Salonika - Football Match Report


Chelsea FC signed the defensive midfielder in a £34m deal from Leicester and Kante won successive Premier League titles as the Blues finished top of the table in Antonio Conte's first season.

The Chelsea manager said: "I don't want Kante in this position (central midfield)". "For me, the center midfielder is Jorginho or (Cesc) Fabregas".

Maurizio Sarri's men are six points clear of Vidi so a point will be enough to see them progress as group winners but no doubt Chelsea will want to maintain their 100% record in the competition with a fifth straight victory.

As much as it's painful that Chelsea lost their unbeaten run in a terrible manner, Sarri's men are still title contenders for some reasons. "At the moment I think it's better for us not to look at the table. But Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side", Sarri submitted.

"Jorginho has been excellent this season -teams are having to change their system and their style at times to counteract him, which shows how good a player he is".

The main issue seems to lay with Sarri's inability to get the best out of Kante rather than any real failings from Jorginho. I think it's quite simple - whether or not Sarri is stuck on this 4-3-3 all the time. "He has to stay very close to Jorginho".

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Sarri has acknowledged that his team delivered a "bad performance", and the Italian has said that he has taken measures to try to determine what went wrong against the club's rivals. It depends on the action (Kante getting forward).

Hudson-Odoi told Chelsea TV: "Hopefully today I did well and I think we got the victory that we deserved".

Hazard should be fit to face Fulham on Sunday but manager Maurizio Sarri says he is concerned as "he has lost a lot of training".

Chelsea, who have won Europa League Group L, visit Hungarian side MOL Vidi for the final group stage game on December 13th, while PAOK will keep their slim hopes of progression alive when they host BATE Borisov. It's our first defeat this season, it has been hard to accept it.

"We just want to make it right in the next game".