In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Danny Murphy praises Jorginho’s performance against Fulham, Jose Mourinho reveals why he allowed Mohamed Salah to leave Chelsea and Nathan Ake says he was left ‘broken’ after not getting a proper chance in the first team under the Portuguese.
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Jorginho ‘brilliant’ against Fulham: Murphy
BBC pundit Danny Murphy has lauded Jorginho’s performance in our 2-1 win against Fulham on Sunday after the Italy international midfielder put in a fine shift at Craven Cottage which included his first goal from open play for the Blues.
Murphy has been a vocal critic of Jorginho in recent weeks, but speaking after the game on Match of the Day 2, the former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder gave him a more positive appraisal.
‘I've criticised him myself, I think he's been poor recently,’ said Murphy. ‘Today he was brilliant - and he was brilliant because Fulham gave him the space and time to be.
‘He's talented, you know. Technically very good, he can see a pass. But if you leave this much space to a player of his quality, you're going to get punished.
‘Jorginho's confidence grew as the game went on. He was dictating play. You cannot give him space when you've got runners like Willian, Eden Hazard, Pedro and Gonzalo Higuain is probably one of the best strikers in terms of movement in all.
‘If you don't stop him and set up to stop him getting on the ball and getting space he's going to punish you, and Fulham didn't do that today.’
Mourinho on Salah at Chelsea
Jose Mourinho has revealed on beIN Sports that Mohamed Salah was not quite ready for the Premier League when he was allowed to leave Chelsea for Serie A in 2015.
The Egyptian striker joined the Blues from Basel in January 2014 but scored only two goals in 19 appearances before moving to Italy, initially on loan to Fiorentina before he completed a permanent move to Roma.
Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season when he won the Footballer of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year award and Mourinho feels that it was his time in Italy which contributed a great deal to his development.
‘He arrived at Chelsea coming from Basel. He was a lonely boy, a naive boy and physically fragile,’ said the former Blues manager.
‘Then he goes to Italy and has the experience at Fiorentina and Roma. When he comes back to England he has completely adapted to the high level of European football with more understanding of the game and physically much stronger, much more confident.
‘When the player is obviously talented, years can change the player for the better.’
Ake felt ‘broken’ by Mourinho
Nathan Ake has told The Telegraph about the disappointment he felt after he was to be dropped from the first team following the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge in 2013.
After making his debut for the Blues in December 2012 and winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award, the Dutchman found himself back with the reserves after Mourinho’s return.
‘I went to the first team at Chelsea and played under Rafa Benitez and I always thought, "why is everyone saying setbacks are coming because everything is going up, up, up?"' said the Bournemouth defender.
‘The season after Benitez left I thought, "this is going to be my season". Then Jose Mourinho came and, without training, I got dropped into the second team.
‘That was one of the toughest things for me, mentally. I was quite broken. Everything was going great, I played a few games, I was Young Player of the Year and then I was in the reserves again.’
‘That was quite a difficult moment to be honest. After winning the Europa League and the Young Player of the Year award, I was focused on continuing the process, so it came as a bit of a surprise.’