Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has this evening moved to ensure that Maurizio Sarri was in no way to blame for the injury that he picked up versus Watford at the weekend.
Chelsea 3-0 Watford
The Blues welcomed Javi Gracia’s men to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, for a crunch Premier League clash.
Chelsea headed into proceedings aware that a 3-point haul would see them take another huge step towards securing a top-4 berth.
And, when all was said and done, an impressive 3-0 victory on the part of the hosts, coupled with the fact that all of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United failed to pick up wins of their own, saw the capital giants ensure their spot in next season’s Champions League.
A quick-fire double from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and David Luiz shortly after the interval was added to by Gonzalo Higuain 15 minutes from time to cap a superb second-half display.
‘It just happened’
However, an otherwise positive afternoon’s work for Chelsea was soured somewhat by an injury picked up by star midfielder N’Golo Kante.
French international Kante lasted just 10 minutes versus Watford before being forced off with a hamstring problem.
Speaking in the aftermath of his side’s victory, Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri appeared to take on board the blame for Kante’s hamstring issue, admitting that a more prudent approach would likely have spared the 28-year-old’s fitness:
Sarri reports that N’Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury and admits that today he probably shoud have been rested, although that is difficult with important players. He adds that it will be difficult for Kante to play in the next two matches. #CHEWAT
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 5, 2019
As such, Kante himself was this evening questioned on Sarri’s decision, though the Frenchman was quick to absolve his boss of any wrongdoing:
‘No. I was just fine. It just happened. I’m ok. I just have pain through my hamstring and I just need a bit of time to check what it is. That is one possibility [that I will be out until the Europa League final]. But first, we need to check and take the time to check everything to see how long it will take.’
Quotes via Goal.