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Jorginho

BIOGRAPHY

Jorginho completed his move from Napoli to Chelsea in July 2018 and finished his first season at Stamford Bridge a Europa League winner.

The Italian international is a highly technical midfielder capable of dictating the tempo of play in possession with quick passing and movement. He has most often been deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in a midfield three, using his ability to link defence and attack.

Alongside his technical qualities, he is a combative player willing to put his foot in to regain possession, and his positioning without the ball further aids his effectiveness in front of the defence.

2018/19

He was a near ever-present in his first season in England, playing 54 times for Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea and starting all but one of our league matches.

Jorginho scored on his Premier League debut, converting from the penalty spot in our 3-0 win at Huddersfield. His first goal from open play was a stunning edge-of-the-box strike away to Fulham in March.

It was a good answer to some critics who had circled followed our disappointing away form and defending earlier in 2019, but Jorginho quickly displayed his mettle by playing the best football of his Chelsea career yet as the 2018/19 campaign drew to a close.

He bounced back from missing a penalty in the Carabao Cup final (having scored in the successful semi-final shoot-out against Spurs) to convert from 12 yards against Eintracht Frankfurt as we booked our place in the Europa League final, where Jorginho produced arguably his best Chelsea performance yet to help us dominate against Arsenal.

2019/20

He continued that form into the following season under the new management of Frank Lampard, with the boss deciding his experience and leadership skills merited the vice-captaincy.

In the first half of the campaign Jorginho netted nerveless penalties against Liverpool, Brighton and Ajax (two), and also displayed predatory instincts to equalise as we came from behind to win at Arsenal (above).

Many of our bright early-season performances owed a great deal to Jorginho's creativity and solidity in central midfield, with one stunning first-time assist for Tammy Abraham at Watford a real highlight. His link-up play with Mateo Kovacic also stood out.

When football was paused due to the Covid pandemic, Jorginho had only missed five Chelsea matches in all competitions. He spent a period out of the team when the Premier League returned three months later, but returned to the starting line-up for the end of the season, helping us reach the FA Cup final.

Pre-Chelsea

At the age of 15, Jorginho moved from Brazil, the country of his birth, to Italy, qualifying for citizenship there through his grandparents. He began his senior career at Verona, where he broke into the first team following a successful loan spell at lower-league side Sambonifacese. He was a regular as they won promotion to Serie A after an 11-year absence.

In January 2014, Jorginho joined Napoli. He enjoyed four-and-a-half excellent years at the San Paolo, where he won the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, featuring prominently as they consistently challenged for the title and lit up Europe in the Champions League.

International

Jorginho holds Brazilian and Italian citizenship and first represented the latter country at Under-21 level in 2012. His senior debut for Italy arrived four years later, as a substitute in a 1-1 friendly draw with Spain.

He had to wait another two years for his first competitive cap, which came in a World Cup qualifying play-off defeat to Sweden, but he became a regular in the team during their 2018 UEFA Nations League campaign.

That continued in Italy’s successful Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, scoring his third international goal from the penalty spot as they secured their place at the tournament with a 2-0 win over Greece.