However, it would behove Sarri to consider playing N'golo Kante either as the holding midfielder or sitting deeper in a double pivot next to Jorginho in certain games of the season when facing tougher opponents - the upcoming game against Manchester City next month for example. When the ball is on the left, he has to stay very close to Jorginho.
"Dortmund also know that it's gonna be very, very hard to keep him if he doesn't want to renew his contract".
The Blues were beaten 3-1 at Tottenham in an exhilarating London derby, and manager Maurizio Sarri admitted afterwards that the defeat highlighted some of the problems he has believed for some time that the team had. A problem to be immediately ready at 100 percent.
Kante's rate of tackles and interceptions have plummeted this season as he operates higher up the pitch in Sarri's 4-3-3 system, but Sarri said that Chelsea's midfield problems against Tottenham were not rooted in tactics. First of all, our target is to be in the first four positions because we want to play in the Champions League, and the Premier League is not very easy to be in the first four.
N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic both started during the disappointing defeat to Tottenham at the weekend so I expect them to be rested with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in-line for recalls in midfield. So, maybe, it can be true. For me, I don't think this balance ever looks right.More news: Trump Backs Under-Fire Senator Hyde-Smith
Chelsea have an opportunity to respond against PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, when a point will confirm their passage into the round of 32.
However, there is something to be said for fielding two strikers in a must-win match, as well as sticking with a winning formula.
"I am anxious because 25 days ago he had an injury, a back injury", Sarri said.
As much as it appears to be a mere consolation, his goal against the North London club is definitely sounding a warning to Morata - sit up and regain his form as soon as possible or you lose your place in the team - and a message to Sarri - don't look elsewhere, I'm Morata's flawless replacement. "It's normal at the moment he isn't at the top of his physical condition". Then we will see.
"I have a meeting of five or 10 minutes with the individuals, individual meetings with the players", he added.