Kante criticised by Sarri for trying to 'solve the match' against Tottenham

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Hudson-Odoi made his first start under Maurizio Sarri in the Europa League clash at home to PAOK Salonika on Thursday and netted his first goal for the club.

Kante is universally respected as one of, if not the, best defensive midfielders in the world and his ability to read the game, intercept and start attacking moves from his own half was a main contributing factor in the successes had at Leicester City, Chelsea and this summer with France at the World Cup. He is 18. I want to find space for him.

'I think that he played very well but the type of match [suited] his characteristics, ' Sarri said.

"Maybe it's only a question of time, but Kante has to stay near to Jorginho, especially when the ball is on the other side".

Sarri believes a "mental problem" with their approach to matches has hampered Chelsea in recent weeks, culminating in last Saturday's comprehensive loss to rivals Tottenham, and the Italian was particularly satisfied to see a markedly different attitude against PAOK. I had a good assist from my team-mates, I love this kind of ball behind the defence.

He wants to see an immediate reaction to the defeat, against PAOK and in Sunday's Premier League clash with Fulham, after discussing the Spurs performance with his players.

Two goals from Olivier Giroud had already put Chelsea in control against PAOK, who saw defender Yevhen Khacheridi dismissed for bringing down the Frenchman in the eighth minute, and substitute Alvaro Morata added a fourth when he nodded in Hudson-Odoi's inviting cross with 12 minutes remaining.

"The targets are very clear in my mind: in the short period, to win something".

"And in the long period, to become the best team in Europe".

Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard as the Belgian worldwide won't be risked due to a minor ankle injury but the attacker is expected to be fit for the league clash with Fulham on Sunday. "I want to see we have learnt from our mistakes". "So, he has lost a lot of training", Sarri said. "It's normal at the moment he isn't at the top of his physical condition".

Sarri held individual talks with the players following the Spurs defeat after admitting to concerns about their "motivation" at Wembley.

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