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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho was booed at Stamford Bridge on numerous occasions last season, as fans believed that he was unnecessarily favoured by then manager Maurizio Sarri.
Jorginho was a key part of Sarri’s philosophy, and the Italian had to bring Jorginho with him from Napoli.
Chelsea fans have now warmed up to Jorginho compared to his time under Sarri and Lampard believes that the central midfielder is a key player for Chelsea. Lampard has been impressed with his qualities and has called him the driver of the Chelsea midfield due to the influence he has on the pitch and how he tries to communicate with his teammates.
“I thought Jorginho was fantastic the other night,” Lampard told reporters, referring to the game against Liverpool. “He was constantly talking to people around him and constantly talking to the backline to drag them up and playing with quality.
“The players are the ones who drive that when they get out there. He is a fantastic player. I saw that on the first day of training in Dublin. Talking about his attitude, he is a driver of the group and he has real quality. I am fortunate in midfield at the moment.
“It gives us problems in terms of competition between Kante, Jorginho, [Matteo] Kovacic, [Ross] Barkley, [Mason] Mount, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] is coming back and others. But Jorginho has really shown himself to be a top-quality player to me already. I am pleased to see his comments. He should be seen as Chelsea’s Jorginho.
“As a player, you know that you go and work for the club. He has a real passion for football and performance. I love that.”