Chelsea have been unable to get a win in the last two Premier League games, and this has seen the Blues drop off a bit in the race for the Premier League title.
Chelsea lost for the first time this season when Tottenham defeated Maurizio Sarri’s side at the Wembley Stadium last weekend 3-1. Spurs were by far the better side in the game and they came with a gameplan to stop Sarri-ball by stopping Jorginho from being effective in midfield. Tottenham’s plans worked and they outran Chelsea’s midfield with their intense pressing.
And now, Chelsea have another London derby this weekend as the Blues host Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke has told Fulham to deploy the same tactics Spurs used and try to cut off Jorginho from dictating play in the middle of the park.
Writing on the Premier League’s official website, he said: “Setting up a plan to cancel out Chelsea’s deep-lying playmaker Jorginho worked well for Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, so will Fulham’s Claudio Ranieri follow suit in Sunday’s west London derby?
“The astute Ranieri will surely have noticed the way the tactic against Jorginho proved so effective.
“Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson were asked by Everton manager Marco Silva to pressure the Italian to stop him dictating play from deep, a strategy that was vindicated when Jorginho was substituted on 64 minutes at Stamford Bridge.
“Last weekend Dele Alli practically man-marked Jorginho, preventing him from receiving the ball without pressure.
“Subsequently, over 90 minutes the influential Chelsea midfielder made just 51 passes, his lowest tally of the campaign.
“Jorginho was unable to play any forward passes of note through the lines down the centre of the pitch.
“If Fulham can replicate this, it will frustrate Eden Hazard, Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud, who all like to receive the ball in those areas.”