Here's what Eden Hazard just said about N'golo Kante's new role at Chelsea

Eden Hazard admits N’Golo Kante is not ideally suited to playing as the most advanced of Chelsea’s three central midfielders, though is confident he can grow into the role.

N'golo Kante and Hazard
The World Cup winner has been moved out of his usual defensive midfield position by new manager Maurizio Sarri and played in a more attack-minded role. That paid dividends against Manchester City, where he opened the scoring, though many fans have questioned whether his defensive abilities are being wasted, especially with Jorginho looking rather "lightweight" at the base of the midfield.

While Hazard admits Kante’s lack of creative nous is one drawback of the new role, he says Sarri is working with the midfielder to help him adapt. ‘I think Kante is happy to play anywhere. Even goalkeeper, he would be happy,’ Hazard told RMC when asked about the Frenchman’s new role.

‘Before, [Claudio] Ranieri and [Antonio] Conte asked from him different things. Now Sarri asks for something else from him. ‘N’Golo is known as someone who recovers possession. He is not the best game creator, N’Golo has less of that in his blood.


‘But he talks with Sarri in training, he sees very well what the coach expects from him. He is intelligent on the field, he will adapt to all situations.’ Hazard set up both of Chelsea’s goals in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, inflicting the champions’ first Premier League defeat of the season.

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