Monday, December 30, 2019
Jorginho calls on Chelsea to toughen mentality
Jorginho has called on his Chelsea team-mates to rediscover their aggression after overcoming a poor first half to win 2-1 away at Arsenal and tailing off an inconsistent December run.
Frank Lampard's side struggled as they went 1-0 down to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's header at the Emirates Stadium, but ultimately turned the game around to defeat their London rivals.
Blues vice-captain Jorginho was brought on in a desperate 34th-minute substitution, with the west Londoners having been under intense pressure early on in the match.
Chelsea looked set to fall to a sixth defeat in eight matches but produced their first comeback points in the Premier League this season with two late goals.
Tammy Abraham was the match-winner but Jorginho's tap-in after a Bernd Leno mistake got a vital equaliser in the 82nd-minute.
The Italy international is growing tired of excuses at Chelsea and is looking for an improved mindset from his team in a bid to start matches with more intensity.
"I think when you play for Chelsea, we talk a lot about 'young, young, young, young' but we are in the middle of the season and every player has to take responsibility," Jorginho said post-match.
"Not just the older players. Of course, the younger players need more help but youth is not an excuse, you just have to be ready, prepared for the game, prepared to fight, because you are playing for Chelsea in the Premier League and that's it.
"[Beating Arsenal] was very important for us. It's quite hard to win away, especially when it's a derby, and the feeling is crazy. But now we need to change our mindset and win at home as well because we are losing too many points.
"I tried to push my mates [when I came on]. We were a bit soft at the beginning and I tried to change [that] because we needed to change our mindset. We were not fighting enough. I don't know why. Sometimes it can happen.
"Sometimes you go on the pitch and you are not right and, when you want to change because you realise you are not fighting enough, it's hard. Today we could change that but sometimes we can't so maybe we need to prepare ourselves better.
"I think what's important is that all the players talk and help. Today I came on from the bench and could help my mates. The most important thing is the result because we worked a lot and I think honestly we deserved it."
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