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Jorginho is confident that he’s proved the doubters wrong following strong criticism at the start of his Chelsea career.
Jorginho faced constant criticisms from his own fans and the media in his first season in England, and the former Napoli midfielder found it difficult to cope with the pace and intensity of the English game.
But to his credit, Jorginho did well towards the end of the season and seemed to have settled into the rhythm of the English game. Jorginho was a key player as Chelsea ended the season on a high, ending up third in the league and winning the Europa League.
Jorginho believes he had a good season and has proven doubters wrong.
“The criticism was probably because of the football culture in England. People weren’t used to seeing a player like me in front of the defence,” Jorginho said at a press conference ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Greece.
“I read the game more and have less physical presence. For the fans, it was all very different and then they blamed me when the results weren’t coming.
“But ultimately I proved that they were wrong about me. In the Premier League, the intensity is much higher and the teams aren’t afraid to attack.
“This is why I’ve had to defend much more than I did in Italy. The games are more open. In Serie A this mentality is missing, some of the teams are already beaten and never believe in victory.
“This is a reason why the big Italian teams find it difficult in the Champions League.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve worked with players of a certain level, who have let me grow.”