Many were sure Sarri was going to lead his line with Eden Hazard as the false nine patriot again but a surprise addition of Olivier Giroud to the starting eleven transpired.
Giroud, recalled to the side by Sarri, left the ground on crutches and could be facing a lengthy spell out.
Kante has sometimes looked out of sorts in his different position this season, but he showed signs of getting to grips with it on Sunday, scoring the victor at Crystal Palace with a well-timed run and cool finish.
Chelsea needed only six minutes of the second period to make the breakthrough, David Luiz lofting a fine pass over the Palace defence for Kante to control and fire low past Guaita, who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.
As far as Christian Pulisic is concerned, however, there seems to be a very mixed message concerning his future with some outlets claiming he's agreed and signed personal terms with Chelsea while others say the race to sign him is still on. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known tomorrow.
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"For 85 minutes we were very good, without conceding for the opponents".
"It's the connection, training together every day, understanding the philosophy and trying to improve", Luiz said.
Coach Maurizio Sarri said the Frenchman had an ankle problem which looked set to rule him out of Wednesday's game against Southampton and adds to the team's fitness problems, particularly in attack with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus Cheek also now sidelined.
"In the last few days we were a but unlucky".
"When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it's hard for the striker and wingers to find space". His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.