Maurizio Sarri demands N'Golo Kante to improve attacking aspect of his game to make Chelsea more ruthless

The Italian boss admitted his side were nervous as they produced a scrappy and unconvincing 2-0 win against rock-bottom Fulham.

Kante, 27, answered to the manager’s criticism of his performance against Spurs by grabbing an assist after just four minutes.

He stole the ball off Jean Michael Seri and drove forward before playing the ball into Pedro to open the scoring.

But Sarri is demanding more from the player of the year in order to get his side scoring more goals.

He said: “He played very well, he defended very well.

“He needs to improve more in an attacking point of view but it’s natural. For France he plays with two midfielders.

“He played in a more central position last season so I think it is normal that he needs to improve.

“Today he was better because when the ball was on the other side of the pitch he was closer to Jorginho. I can only remember one mistake from him that came in the first half.”

Sarri believes his public slamming of his side’s performance against Tottenham may have added extra nerves to their performances.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek settled the contest late on but Chelsea were forced to ride their luck at times with keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga denying Calum Chambers on two occasions.

Sarri added: “Today we were nervous. Of course it wasn’t easy after the Tottenham game but it was important to react.

“I was happy with the application of the team. We could have done better offensively but we were tense.”

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