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Last season, former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri deployed Jorginho as the base of his 4-3-3 system and the Italian believed Jorginho was only good in that role.
In March, Sarri revealed Jorginho couldn’t play in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
“Jorginho, if the other players don’t move are in trouble. He is able to play one touch, but you need movement,” Sarri said back in March.
“In the last 20 minutes he was not suitable for 4-2-3-1. It [the change] was only a consequence for the system. I know him, he can go in trouble if the rest of the team was not moving.”
Against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard moved Jorginho into a midfield two alongside Mateo Kovacic in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Jorginho impressed in both games playing alongside Kovacic and he even revealed after the match that he’s enjoying his new role in Lampard’s system.
“This formation is new for me but I like it,” Jorginho said. “Last season we had three midfielders and now we are two. We are trying to work hard and we need to run a lot, but I think we can do many good things.
“I have more space to create and it means I am more free and can do more things with my creativity.
“I like it and think I can adapt. Of course you need a little bit of time but we are working very well.
“My characteristic is to be there and to control the game, so I think I will be there to control and organise the team.
“I stay in the middle and my team-mates can go to attack. Maybe it will mean more assists, maybe not.”
Sarri was so certain that Jorginho couldn’t play in a 4-2-3-1 formation but the Brazilian-born Italy international has proved Sarri wrong.