Italian midfielder on Maurizio Sarri, new formations and his long-term future at Stamford Bridge
Jorge Luiz Frello Filho, more commonly known as Jorginho, has definitely created two forms of opinion in the Chelsea fanbase since his €57m (£51.3m) move from Napoli last summer.
Some see him as a ‘luxury’ player who can only play one way and creates more problems than solutions. Others see him as a highly-rated and intelligent footballer who would be invaluable to any major club in European football.
For someone who has been seen only as nothing more than just ‘Sarri’s player’ – which is incredibly frustrating to see as he is easily one of the best midfielders in Europe in my opinion – the 27-year-old is keen to move on from the ‘Maurizio Sarri’ era, with Frank Lampard now in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian midfielder had worked alongside Sarri at Napoli before coming to London with him last summer at the request of this then manager.
And despite Sarri seeing him as vital to his style of play and the duo had a history together, Jorginho insists he is ready to move on to a new phase at Stamford Bridge.
“He was my manager, he wasn’t my friend,” Jorginho said of Sarri. “We worked together for four years but now it is another time and another page. Another time in my life. I look forward to that now.
I left him but I stayed here and I look to work for our team now, at Chelsea. I have a four-year contract. I am very happy in London and to be at Chelsea. I hope to be here for a long time.”
With Sarri departing the club after just one season in charge to go back to Italy and take over at Juventus, Jorginho is now transitioning to a new system at Stamford Bridge – 4-2-3-1, a system that his new boss played in for the majority of his Chelsea career.
Under Lampard’s 4-2-3-1 the system relies on a double-pivot that employs two deep-lying midfield playmakers (as it showed against barcelona on Tuesday with Jorgino and Mateo Kovačić) or a two-man defensive unit, where Jorginho is expected to play alongside Word Cup winner N’Golo Kanté.
Under Sarri’s 4-3-3, the system used just one in the shape of the Italian international. And for Jorginho, he is looking forward to the freedom that Lampard’s style of play will hopefully afford.
“It is new for me but I like it, I have more space to create. I am more free so I can do many things with my creativity so I like it.
Despite this, Jorginho still sees himself in the same role that he had under Sarri – Chelsea’s quarteback. Or, what has become more common to say… the Regista.
I will be there to control and to organise the team. 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.”
Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season – qualifying for the UEFA Champions League and won the UEFA Europa League, beating London rivals 4-1 in the Final.
But with the Blues losing their talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer and not being able to replace him with everyone due to the ongoing transfer ban that was imposed on them by FIFA, many expect Chelsea to have a tough Premier League campaign this season.
Thankfully though, the club’s’ Regista sees big things ahead under the club’s newest Head Coach.
“I think we can achieve many good things.”