For the manyeth time this season, N’Golo Kanté has thrown his full support behind Sarri and behind the idea of playing in a more advanced midfield position — though not because he thinks himself incapable of playing in Jorginho’s position, but because he enjoys contributing at both ends of the pitch, just as he used to earlier in his career back in France.
“It is something possible [to play Jorginho’s role], but the manager decides. It’s fine, it’s fine. I like this [more advanced] position.
“Prefer it? It depends on the game, but I enjoy it. I’m with the manager, and I’m enjoying the way I’m playing now. It is a position I used to play when I was in France. I’m enjoying participating more in the offensive positions to change the game. I am enjoying it.”
Chelsea’s adorable midfielder also claims that the dressing room remains united behind the increasingly under fire manager, though it’s unlikely he’d ever answer that question any differently (certainly while Sarri is still the boss).
“We are doing well. As a team, we have some difficulty at the moment, but we are all together and no-one’s special. We missed many opportunities to be happy like in the FA Cup and some games in the league.
”We can understand [the fans’] disappointment in our performances in some moments of the season. I think we all want to get tighter and we will all be together for the final and the rest of the season.”
Chelsea haven’t been given much chance of winning on Sunday (mirroring Sarri’s own future prospects), but Kanté’s drawing confidence from the Malmö win(s) as well as our 2-0 win over Manchester City a few months ago. Anything can happen in football, right?
“They are a great team [but] they are not unbeatable. We need to go with a lot of hope and to prepare for the game in the best way. After our last result against Man City, it was difficult to accept the defeat. [...] Every defeat like this is difficult to accept as a player. At Chelsea, we are not used to that.
”At the end, we cannot change it. We need to accept it and go forward and do better. That’s what we try to do. [We are] not especially [after any revenge]. It is another game. It is most important to win this one title in this game.
”It is what we will try to do, what we will prepare to do and hopefully we can do it. We need to know that we can win like at Stamford Bridge, or we can lose as at the Etihad. Everything is possible. It gives us more awareness of this team.”
-N’Golo Kanté; source: Goal
Impossible is nothing, as the old adidas advertising slogan used to go.