BURLEY: JORGINHO FLATTERED IN SERIE A

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Summer signing Jorginho was a big name buy last summer as Chelsea rolled out £56m to sign the Italian from Napoli.

Jorginho dominated the Italian league, as Sarri used him to good effect in his Sarri-ball system at Napoli. But the 27-year-old has struggled to adjust to the pace of the Premier League as teams have understood his game play and puts him under pressure in games.

ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley believes that Sarri has lost it at Chelsea following the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Burley also revealed his surprise at how ineffective Jorginho has been after being one of Italy’s best players while in Napoli.

“The only way to look at the situation is that Sarri is out of his depth,” he told ESPN FC.

“Yes he has managed in Italy with Napoli and scored a sack load of goals but they didn’t win anything.

“But what the hell were they doing in Serie A about Jorginho?

“I mean this supposedly great, tactical league has allowed Sarri to play the same system every week. What were the other teams doing about it?

“This guy (Jorginho) was running around like he was the king of the castle and now all of a sudden you have got teams here putting players on him.

“Solskaer is a manager that has way less experience than his counterpart and he is actually thinking about it.”

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop also believes that Chelsea fans will be angered with Sarri’s treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Since the close of the transfer window, Sarri has often left Hudson-Odoi on the bench despite claiming that he was a huge part of his plans during the January transfer window.

“All of a sudden after Bayern Munich show interest in Hudson-Odoi and decide they want to keep him yet they still don’t play him,” he said.

“You make all these noises to the press about how important he is and how much of a talent he is but you don’t play him.

“He has played 30 minutes since the closure of the transfer window and once the Bayern Munich door was shut.

“If I was a Chelsea fan I would be ripping my hair out because nothing that Sarri is doing is making any kind of sense. It should be obvious.”

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