Jorginho has revealed that he trained throughout the week thinking he might have the opportunity to score a penalty past Everton’s Jordan Pickford this weekend.
The Everton stopper got the better of our midfielder in last summer’s European Championship final, keeping out Jorginho’s penalty for England when they faced his Italy.
However plenty of time has passed since that Wembley final and, despite that spot-kick being fresh in Jorgi’s mind, the Chelsea midfielder fancied his chances when we met at Goodison Park in our opening Premier League clash of the season – with the Italian sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards to ensure we took all three points with the only goal of the game.
‘I think about things when I’m stood over the ball ready to take a penalty and of course I thought about that moment for a split second [Euros penalty miss],’ the midfielder explained when speaking after the 1-0 away win.
‘Throughout the week I work on my penalties and I look at what the opposition goalkeeper does, which way he tends to dive and what he might do in that moment to try and save the shot.
‘I was thinking about that and in my head I took the decision on where to hit the ball and thankfully, this time, it was the right choice.
‘I was definitely thinking of my last penalty against him [Pickford] and for me, a penalty is 70/75 per cent in the head. There’s a lot of psychology that goes into it.
‘I trained a lot in the week for this moment. It came and fortunately for me and the team it went well!’
Jorginho played a key role in our opening day victory and the midfielder was pleased that the team ‘fought hard’ to earn all three points on Merseyside.
‘We had to really give a lot and suffer to get the win,’ he added. ‘We know this is a really hard stadium to come and play at.
‘The atmosphere was brilliant and I’m glad we stayed humble, worked hard and put in a lot of effort to get this victory. It was the perfect start for us.’