The Chalkboard: Sarri should drop Jorginho for Forest clash and start Kante in his old position

Chelsea host Championship outfit Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in an FA Cup third round clash on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues will of course be the heavy favourites to claim victory, but Maurizio Sarri may also view this fixture as an ideal one in which to rotate his squad and experiment tactically.

On the chalkboard

By rotating, the Italian coach can hand a much-needed rest to some of his key players. With that in mind, Jorginho ought to be taken out of the firing line this weekend. 

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The 27-year-old arrived in west London this summer from Napoli, and made a bright start to life in the Premier League. His passing ability from the base of Chelsea’s midfield saw him immediately become an integral part of how Sarri’s side play. In recent weeks, however, perhaps due to the heavy winter schedule exclusive to English football, the 13-cap Italy international’s form has faded.

Jorginho could clearly do with a rest, and that gives Sarri an excuse to deploy N’Golo Kante back in his favoured defensive-midfield position.

Back where he is best

Kante is perhaps the finest defensive-midfielder in the world. The World Cup winner excelled in the position for Chelsea under Antonio Conte prior to Jorginho’s arrival, but the Italian midfielder’s attributes make him more suited to Sarri’s preferred style of play, which has caused Kante to be shifted into a more advanced role.

The time may have come for Sarri to reconsider this stance though, and giving the 36-cap France international a chance to demonstrate his quality in this part of the pitch would be a wise move.

If the 27-year-old Frenchman is able to start in his preferred position against Forest, and excels there, then Sarri could have some big future selection decisions to make, and Jorginho could find it hard to get back into the team or have the need to discover a new role.

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