Chelsea bounced back from their hammering at Bournemouth as they emerged 5-0 victors over relegation battlers Huddersfield; everyone in blue was on song to get the win – Gonzalo Higuain netted his first goals for the club while Jorginho put in a solid performance at the base of midfield before picking up a groin injury. What Maurizio Sarri had to say on the game though will surely even get on the nerves of the smiliest man in football.
Well, the former Napoli boss has defended £57m summer signing Jorginho wherever possible, but his explanation for why his compatriot hasn’t been performing is startling. Sarri said this via quotes as reported by The Mirror…
“Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players because he is used to playing one touch and it’s very difficult to play one touch without the movement of the other players.”
Chelsea’s midfield, on paper, is one of the best in the league and so Sarri’s shifting of the blame onto the players around Jorginho is curious to say the least. After all, they do have a World Cup winner in their ranks in N’Golo Kante, who always seems to be on the move.
Sarri’s decision to deploy Kante – a player many regard as the best defensive midfielder in world football – in a more advanced role has raised many questions this season, yet the 60-year-old has stuck to his guns by playing Jorginho as the deep-lying playmaker of his midfield triangle.
The number 5, though, has put in some poor performances recently and his style has been negative in that he often forgoes a potentially defence-splitting, forward pass in favour of a safe, sideways ball.
Kante, meanwhile, has excelled slightly further afield and provided the tidy assist for Higuain’s first on Saturday. Despite his smiley demeanour, even the dynamic Frenchman must be irked by his manager’s bizarre comments, considering he hardly stands still for a second.
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