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Chelsea formally approve Jorginho propaganda

Jorginho propaganda at Chelsea has been made official it would appear after the club released a hype video celebrating the former Napoli star.

Italy midfielder Jorginho was Maurizio Sarri’s man, hailed as the chief exponent of the “Sarriball” possession play on his £57million arrival from Napoli in the summer of 2018.

But Sarri’s man in the middle attracted all the brickbats from the terraces any time Chelsea laboured under the former Napoli boss’ heavily-proscriptive system.

Another accusation levelled at Jorginho last year was that he was playing on a regular basis because he was a favourite of former boss Maurizio Sarri.

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Jorginho (pictured) was often the butt of supporter criticism in Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea regime (Adam Davy/PA)

Things have been different this season though and the midfielder is starting to get the recognition he deserves.

The Italy international was treated to a rendition of his name during the 3-2 Premier League win at Norwich.

That comes on the back of a difficult first season for the 27-year-old, who was often criticised and even jeered off the pitch on occasion.

Calls for the Italian to be made captain instead of Azpilicueta have been growing louder among Chelsea fans and it seems the club are aware of the affection Jorginho has been generating lately after a tumultuous first season in England.

Check out the video released by Chelsea below –

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These Chelsea fans reckon ‘Headband Jorginho’ reached a new level in the draw against Eintracht Frankfurt

Remember the iconic photo of a blood-drenched Terry Butcher? That click was one for the ages as he played on heroically for England despite a blow to the head in a goalless draw against Sweden in 1989. Thirty years on, and we have another warrior in the form of Jorginho, Chelsea’s midfielder general.

The Italian went down early in the second half with a head injury after colliding with Sebastian Rode during Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final first leg at Frankfurt. Jorginho required treatment, due to a cut and was bandaged up by the medical team.

Chelsea’s number 5 got stuck in on the action and oddly enough, put in a classy performance after the knock. Playing the perfect midfield pivot, Jorginho shielded the defenders behind him while initiating the attacking play in front of him.

Orchestrating the game throughout, his performance (especially after his injury) has got Chelsea fans and the community talking about the maestro that he is. Some Chelsea fans even believe that that performance was his best-ever till date in a Chelsea shirt.

Fans took to social media to praise the midfielder and also express their reactions to the warrior headband that he was required to wear.

Fans called for respect to be shown to Jorginho, claiming that he is one of the best midfielders in the league, while others were quick to state that he needs to wear the headband every game, as he controlled the game majestically against Frankfurt in the aftermath of the injury.

All this comes as a relief for fans, as the Italian has come under flak of late for his performances and lack of impact.

Chelsea will be hoping that Jorginho can continue to hold on to this form, as they welcome Frankfurt back to Stamford Bridge in a week’s time, with an away goal in hand but the scores tied at 1-1.

And with things in the PL looking very tight for the top 4, Jorginho will be looking forward to influencing the gameplay, and even hope to register his first assist of the season, despite having played the most passes in the league.

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Fabregas calls Jorginho Sarri’s ‘son’ in Monaco presser

When Chelsea fans got to know that Maurizio Sarri would manage the club from the start of the 18-19 season, they were hopeful of their fortunes changing, performances improving, new players arriving and titles coming in.

When a new manager comes in, he brings in new ideas, a new style of play and new mentality. In his mind, he has a picture of how he wants to run things. Some players adapt to this idea, while some fall prey. No better example can be provided of this situation at Chelsea, than the curious case of Cesc Fabregas.

Bought in 2014 to aid Chelsea’s desire to be crowned champions of England, Cesc brought a creative threat to Chelsea. Finding key passes nobody would dare to fashion, Fabregas was the main man in midfield commanding Chelsea’s title charge, also chipping in with goals and assists. There’s no doubt he was the mastermind on the pitch in that title-winning season.

Since then, Conte took over from Mourinho and Hiddink, and brought in a new ideology. Fabregas rose to the challenge, providing key performances that saw the Blues succeed as champions in 16-17. And while he has still been relatively influential to Chelsea with time and age catching up, the arrival of Sarri was the final nail in the coffin for Cesc.

With Sarri coming in and revolutionising Chelsea, with “Sarri-ball” taking the league by storm, Cesc fell prey. The signing of Jorginho was proof of Sarri’s intentions, with the midfielder vital in Sarri’s style of play.

This meant Cesc fell out of favor, resigned to the bench and sometimes, even out of the squad. He made the move to Monaco in January, in search of more game-time.

In a recent press conference, Fabregas reflected on his time in London, explaining the situation he was in. Fabregas said he could’ve signed on at Chelsea, but couldn’t, citing that Jorginho is like a ‘son’ to Sarri, and that spelt trouble for the Spaniard with Jorginho missing just one league game under Sarri.

 

With Jorginho leading the passes made in the league this season, playing the centerpiece in Sarri’s footballing model, the move to Monaco was a good one for Cesc, with him getting game time and helping Monaco progress from the mess they were in. How good has Fabregas been in the Premier League, and was Sarri wrong in letting Cesc go?