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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho scored two goals in his debut season for Chelsea but the Italian international was heavily criticised by fans for failing to get an assist despite 3119 passes in the Premier League, the most by any player last season in the league.
Under Frank Lampard, Jorginho will play as one of the two holding midfielders in Lampard’s 4-2-3-1 formation this season as opposed to playing as the lone holding midfielder in Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 last season.
Jorginho has admitted playing under Lampard gives his more freedom to do many things with his creativity but he also revealed he doesn’t know if he will score more goals or provide assists this season.
Jorginho provided the assist for Tammy Abraham’s goal in the 2-1 win over Barcelona on Tuesday and fans are hoping to see more of that this season.
“I will be there to control and to organise the team,” Jorginho said.
“I will stay in the middle and my team-mates can go to attack. I don’t know [if I will get more goals and assists], we will see.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he has been impressed by Jorginho.
Lampard said: “Jorginho became quite a conversation last year. I’ve been there. As a player, sometimes things are out of your control and the conversation carries on very quickly without you.
“I’m not stuck in a conversation from last year. I’m actually looking at a player who has very much impressed me over the last 10 days and I’m very pleased to have him as part of the squad.
“It’s not only his quality on the ball. We know all about that from last year, his comfort on the ball and the bravery he shows.
“His attitude in training has also been first class. He’s a driver of a session. He’s a voice. He runs, he pushes people around him, he drags people up when he doesn’t feel they’re working as much as he might want – and I’ve loved seeing that.”