There have been lots of criticisms around summer signing Jorginho, but Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has urged his Chelsea players to do more to help Jorginho.
Sarri has hinted that the players’ inability to carry out his instructions has led to Jorginho’s less impressive performances in midfield.
Jorginho is central to Sarri’s football philosophy, which is why he brought the Italian along with him from Napoli last summer. And due to Jorginho’s strategic position, Sarri has had to deploy N’Golo Kante in a more advanced midfield position – a move that has brought questions from pundits who consider Kante as the best defensive midfielder in the world.
Following the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town, Sarri has now ordered the players to do more to help Jorginho.
“Jorginho needs movement without the ball from other players, because he’s used to play at one touch,” explained Sarri.
“It’s very difficult to play one touch without the movement of the other players. If the team like in the first 25, 30 minutes played very well and we have movements without the ball, it’s easier I think.
“I think that in the first 25 minutes we played our football. We moved the ball very fast, very well, there was good movement without the ball.
“We were really very dangerous, we didn’t play back to the opposition goal like in the last match with five players sometimes. We attacked the spaces and so I think we played our football.”
Since the departure of Cesc Fabregas who joined Monaco last month, Sarri has been keen on a replacement for the Spaniard, but the Blues were unable to secure the signing of Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.
Sarri has tried Ethan Ampadu in that role, but the youngster has been unable to play it well, and he has been deploying Mateo Kovacic gradually in that position. Sarri has now revealed that Kovacic is the man for that position when he wants to rest Jorginho.
He said: “Jorginho played very well. I put [Mateo] Kovacic on the pitch after the fourth goal because Jorginho had a little problem to his groin. This is the only reason because in my opinion Jorginho played a very good match.”