Chelsea’s brilliance this season has been tied to the work that Jorginho does in midfield. The Italian who was acquired from Napoli has been the centrepiece of Chelsea’s success and unbeaten start to the season prior to the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Jorginho wasn’t giving breathing space in the middle of the park and his lack of pace and defensive acumen was utilised by Spurs attacking players who found all manner of space through our midfield and made it a difficult evening for our defence.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has refused to downplay Jorginho’s display against Spurs and insisted that every player has a bad game.
In his column for the official Chelsea website, Nevin wrote: “After years of Wembley being a happy hunting ground for Chelsea, the last two visits have been anything but. Plenty of people have drawn a direct line between the Community Shield performance against Man City and the Spurs game at the weekend. It is perfectly reasonable to ask the questions, I asked some of them myself back at the start of the season. Against the top-quality teams, is the current system going to deliver the results?
“The other more specific questions being raised are if Jorginho is so vital to our style of play, what happens if he isn’t available. Or if he isn’t having a great day, as we can’t all be brilliant all the time. And what happens if the opposition targets him and manages to squeeze his positive influence out of the game?
“Well in simple terms, these scenarios can happen but so far this season they have not happened often, so a bit of perspective is needed. Remember when Liverpool recently visited Stamford Bridge, they detailed Roberto Firmino to drop back to try to kill the space Jorginho was operating in. It worked for a short while, but then he and indeed we as a team adapted.
“This is the point; the Premier League, especially at the upper echelons, is filled with not only good players but with fine coaches who are excellent tacticians with plenty of good advisors around them. Clearly they will adapt and try to find a way of negating Chelsea’s style, football has always done that.”
He continued: “At the weekend Spurs managed to do it, but is that a good enough reason to rip up the entire script, after just one defeat away from home against a top-four side? I think that would be quite knee-jerky, but Maurizio Sarri will know that adaptations will be needed now and again from him and his players. If one player is being ‘rushed’ by a few opponents then there is space developing elsewhere, which we somehow have to find and utilise.”