It was a poor Chelsea performance by Maurizio Sarri’s men at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal on Saturday. The Blues slumped to a 2-0 defeat against the Gunners, and the match was far from inspiring.
One player who seemed to have been below par in that game is Jorginho. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri brought the Italian along with him from Napoli, but the 26-year-old has struggled to make an impact in recent games despite having a good amount of time on the ball.
Jorginho easily gets outrun against teams who play with intensity, and just like the Tottenham defeat, the Italian was again sloppy against another of our London rivals. Surprisingly, for a playmaker, Jorginho is yet to register an assist for Chelsea.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has slammed Jorginho’s performance in that game and claimed Jorginho ‘can’t run’ and should be replaced by N’Golo Kante, who has been utilised in a more advanced role this season.
He told BT Sport: “Jorginho’s someone who sets the tempo of a game. You get the ball into him through the middle third of the pitch, he’s very good.
“[But] How many assists has he got this season? Around 2,000 passes, no assists. He’s not a great defender. Once a game gets like this against the big teams, he gets overrun in midfield.
“He can’t run. So he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything up the other end of the pitch.
“Chelsea’s problems all stem from not having a number nine. There’s no focal point. I think this manager needs to play Kante in the holding position. He’s the best in the world there.”
Ferdinand also claimed that Sarri’s decision to play Eden Hazard as a false number nine hasn’t worked and that the Belgian was being wasted in the current system.
He said: “Hazard can play the false nine role but he doesn’t offer you as much. Two of the best players are playing out of position at the moment.”
Sarri will definitely need to have his team sorted before Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea lost the first leg 1-0 at Wembley and will need nothing less than a win to reach the final, ahead of a mouthwatering clash with Manchester City.