Jorginho believes Italy have shown they are back on the right path with their recent results in the UEFA Nations League and is eager to underline that fact by winning their group and qualifying for the competition finals.
Italy are the reigning European champions after Jorginho helped them to victory over England in last year’s delayed Euro 2020 final, but missed out on qualification for December’s World Cup in Qatar. They appear to be on the path to recovery, though, following another win over England in the Nations League on Friday evening.
That means they go into tonight’s decisive match in Group A3 against surprise package Hungary, who have already beaten England and Germany in this competition, knowing another win will see them finish top and qualify for next summer’s finals.
‘We have to go out there with the same attitude we showed against England at San Siro, playing with humility and trying to win at all costs,’ said Jorginho, speaking to the media ahead of this game in Budapest.
‘The game with the English has given us a lot of energy. There is a chance to finish first and it is up to us to take it, but we will play against a team that is doing very well.
‘I was not surprised by their [Hungary's] victory over Germany, as they’ve been doing well for a while. We must be ready with humility and respect for a Hungary side that is really doing very well.’
Jorginho, who has already seen his fellow Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic book his place in the 2023 Nations League finals with Croatia, also admitted he is keen to relive the glory he tasted with Italy at Euro 2020, although it is a balancing act between ambition and humility.
‘Winning is always nice, but we must also learn from the defeats of the past. We must find the spirit of always wanting to win, and doing it with the national team is always beautiful, it has a different taste.’
There seems no question that Jorginho and Italy are determined to bounce back from the disappointment of missing this year’s World Cup and get back on the track which led them to European glory.
However, the 30-year-old is using that painful defeat in the World Cup play-offs to fuel their international revival and believes the 1-0 win over England in Milan on Friday could prove to be a major turning point for Roberto Mancini’s team, if they can follow it up with another victory over Hungary, even if he knows that won’t be easy.
‘After everything that happened, it was a struggle, but the game against England really fired us up and gave us more motivation. I try to learn from past mistakes and disappointment, which is also what the coach is passing on to the players he calls up.
‘I felt something different in that game and it certainly helped, I think the reconstruction process has already begun. Now we’ve got to continue along this path, with motivation and the desire to win games. Every now and then we will have to suffer, we have to do it all together, but I think we are on the right path.
‘We have this opportunity to win the group and it’s up to us to take it. Hungary have proved themselves to be tough opponents and they’ll have passionate support from the crowd.’