Ruud Gullit has branded Sarri’s decision to move N’golo Kante forward instead of deploying him in his favored position as strange.
The tactical tweak is as a result of new arrival Jorginho who joined Chelsea from Napoli in a £57 million deal.
The midfielder has slotted perfectly into Sarri’s anchor role ahead of the back four, as his passing ability will allow the ball-playing philosophy to be embraced.
His presence has pushed Kante into an advanced midfield position. The Frenchman is one who is not renowned for his attacking abilities although it is now being required of him.
This decision has left former Chelsea player and manager Gullit bemused, with him telling BBC Sport:
“Jorginho is the man Sarri has brought with him from Napoli to channel Chelsea’s play through.
“He was heavily involved at St James’ Park [against Newcastle] but, in a game like this, that is an easier job to do, popping the ball around without being pressed.
“Generally in England, though, he will be asked to play at a higher pace and make quicker decisions.
“You do not get any chance of easy build-up, like you would in Italy. So far he has been OK, but let us see how it goes for the rest of the season.
“One of the knock-on effects of Jorginho coming in is N’Golo Kante’s move into a more advanced role.
“It is a little bit strange. He is not a goalscorer. He has got one this season, but it was more by accident.
“He is a world champion and I like him more in the holding role he played for France.”