Maurizio Sarri moved to Stamford Bridge from Napoli with Jorginho, who was his key man during their time in the Serie A.
However, it’s been difficult for Jorginho to adapt to the Premier League, and the Brazilian-born Italy international has been facing critics from football analysts in the Premier League.
Sarri plays Jorginho as a deep line playmaker, and expects the midfielder to start Chelsea’s attack from deep, and he’s responsible for dictating the team’s play, while N’Golo Kante plays in a more advanced midfield role.
It’s been tough for Jorginho since the game against Tottenham back in November, and the 26-year-old has been targeted time after time by opposing teams.
Jorginho is yet to score or make an assist this season, but Sarri has come to his defence and insisted that it isn’t his role to create goals.
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.”
Sarri however insisted that the team’s problem is a mental one, insisting that the players need to change their mentality from the counterattacking football they’ve been used to, and play a more expansive possession based football.
He said: “I think my football is about co-operation so I have to speak to my players and involve them in my football more than we are doing at the moment.
“Now, we have the mentality for during the match but we have to improve in our reaction and in the offensive phase. We have a lot of individual players so it’s not easy to change in four or five months. In the last match we reacted very well in the first half, but then we closed spaces ourselves because we stayed too tight with the three offensive players so it was easy for the defenders to defend against us. Sometimes we have to stay high and wide, we have to go inside to receive the ball, not stay inside.
“Now we have some problems to score and we are working on this. The reason is [against Bournemouth] we played with four or five players with their backs to the opposition goal. We have to go there to receive the ball, we need to receive the ball on the run, not receive it there with our backs to goal, so we have to improve in this. But it’s not a big problem, it’s a tactical problem, and I like it very much when I can speak to my players about tactical problems. I don’t like it when I have to speak about mental problems.
“They were used to playing counter attacks so they could drive the ball, now we have to change but it’s a long way. I’m trying to change the mentality. I want to be in control of the match. I want to score goals and have the right reaction if we concede. We were in control of the match for 45 minutes and then after two minutes of the second half we conceded a goal. We have to start again from kick-off and play again. We only have to play.”