Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"I'm fortunate to have jorginho", says Lampard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted he is 'fortunate' to have midfielder Jorginho as his disposal – with the Italian appearing to have finally endeared himself to supporters. 
The 27-year-old had been much maligned last season for consistently below-par performances and often suffered the brunt of abuse from the club's disgruntled fan base. 
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But the Brazil-born star appears to have shaken off his stuttering start at Stamford Bridge, and boss Lampard has lavished praise on an integral member of his side.

He told Sky Sports: 'What I see in Jorginho is a quality of pass and I want to see him use his range.
'He played some great through-balls against Liverpool and I know he can do it. He can do what's asked of him and he is eager to do it.
'I love his spirit, how he trains and how he plays. I keep going on about that but it's infectious and it's important.'

After a dominating display in the Blues' maiden Premier League victory at Norwich last weekend, the Chelsea away contingent could be heard chanting Jorginho's name.
But just a few months ago, the Italian had been heavily criticised for failing to influence games from his deep-lying midfield position. 
The fractured relationship between the player and club's supporters was also made worse by the stubbornness of ex-manager Sarri. 
The 60-year-old tactician, now at the helm of Juventus, persisted with fielding Jorginho in the anchor position typically filled by fan favourite N'Golo Kante. As a result, the Frenchman was shunted into a more unfamiliar position.
But Sarri's successor, Lampard, admitted he has been impressed with Jorginho's quality.

He added: 'I watched him last year and I thought he finished the season really well but you only really know a player when you see them day in and day out.
'From the first day of training he showed me instantly his quality and his attitude.
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'I am actually fortunate to have Jorginho.'    

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