Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri rested Jorginho for the Europa Clash against Malmo at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri deployed Mateo kovacic in the deep lying playmaker role, and the Real Madrid loanee had quite a horrible game in midfield against the Swedish side.
Jorginho joined the fray as a late substitute to the boos of Chelsea fans who are already tired of the Italian’s style of play.
However, Sarri insisted that the game showed just how important Jorginho is to the Chelsea team.
Sarri said: “I think in the first 30 minutes we understood why Jorginho is very important. We were in trouble getting out of our half with the pressing and with Jorginho it’s easier.
“I hope our fans can understand he’s a very important player for us.”
Despite calls to play Kante in his more natural position, Sarri insisted after the loss to Manchester United that he would continue to play Jorginho as Chelsea’s deepest midfielder.
According to Sarri, Kante isn’t able to pass the ball quickly and therefore isn’t suited to play in front of the defence.
When told stubbornness of refusing to play Kante as Chelsea’s deepest midfielder could be his downfall at Chelsea, Sarri replied: “It depends on how you see football. In that position I want to play and be able to move the ball fast, this is not the best characteristic of N’Golo [Kante].
“He’s very useful for us but this is not his best characteristic.”