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Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have been standout performers for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, playing an intricate, intense brand of football that has helped get us on the front foot and regularly pin back opponents.
The duo have now explained why they have a good understanding.
“We try and communicate with each other and know where each other is,” Kovacic told Chelsea’s official website.
“When I come a little bit deeper, Jorgi goes a little bit more up. In this position we change quite a lot and we like to do one-twos.
“I like to have the game in front of me, but sometimes I try to be on the same line as him, so with one pass I can break past him. That’s why sometimes when we play as a two, we can play a forward pass to break the lines.”
“When we look at each other, we know what the other one wants,” agrees Jorginho.
“When I look at him, he knows what I want to do. It makes it easier to do the job. Sometimes I can come deeper, and then we can change it up.
“You have to look around you all the time before you receive the ball, otherwise the press comes and you can’t play forward or you lose the ball. Before I get the ball, my first look is forwards. I look all the time what’s going on around me, and I try to put the ball in front of the striker.”
“We have both played differently this year I think,” adds Kovacic.
“Last year was all about one or two touches, move the ball fast and don’t dribble too much and have the ball in your possession. I like to have the ball at my feet. We have more freedom, and me and him feel a good connection.”