After an impressive start to life at Chelsea following his move from Napoli, Jorginho has suffered a dip in form lately and it has coincided with Chelsea’s recent run of poor results.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher feels sorry for Jorginho and blames Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri for failing to tweak his formation after teams started man-marking Jorginho.
“Pep Guardiola hailed Sarri’s Napoli as the best footballing team in Europe last season, and when implemented ‘Sarri-ball’ is a joy. It is idealistic, demanding short passes from the back, enticing opponents to press high prior to cutting through them,” Carragher wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
“It is cat and mouse, clever football with Jorginho the key to its success, able to play the penetrating pass to move Chelsea swiftly through the transition from their own half into the final third.
“At the start of this season the formula worked. Then the better coaches reacted, man-marking Jorginho. Faced with the challenge of tweaking his 4-3-3 system, Sarri’s response has disappointed.
“He won’t replace Jorginho because without him the system is compromised, but I feel sorry for the midfielder because any player who is man-marked will find it difficult – as we have seen with Eden Hazard. When you are man-marked it is a sign of respect. Jorginho needs help.”
In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Sarri came to the defence of Jorginho and insisted it wasn’t Jorginho’s role to create goals for the team.
Sarri told the media: “It depends what you want from Jorginho. If you want the last pass then he hasn’t adapted.
“He’s able to move the ball but Jorginho usually plays 40 or 45 metres from the opposition goal so it’s impossible for him to do the last pass, Jorginho is very good for another job.”