Chelsea have seen a change of fortune since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel. One player who has been benefitted by the change is Jorginho.
Jorginho has been a regular part of the midfield since the German’s arrival, playing all but one Premier League (PL) matches. He has made more starts and his form has certainly been on the upwards.
The midfielder feels it is down the playing style of Tuchel, which is more suited to his game than under former manager Frank Lampard. He took a dig at Lampard’s playing long ball style without mentioning him directly.
Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website: “The coach wants us having control of the game, playing from behind, even when the pressure comes. So, for me, it’s a good way to play football that I like and enjoy, and I think it’s better for my characteristics than playing long balls, and second balls.”
The Blues are on a great run of form and Tuchel has had a record breaking start to his managerial life at west London. In 14 matches under Tuchel, the Chelsea are yet to face defeat, winning 10 of those. 12 clean sheets during this period has been the eye catching part of their performance with only twice their defense being breached.
A lot of credit for the defensive solidarity goes to Jorginho and his midfield partner, who have been superb in shielding the backline.
Jorginho feels it is down to the communication and understanding between them, that helps the midfield click.
“When it’s Kova (Mateo Kovacic), his style is to play short, to come, so I know if he wants to play one-two or when he wants some space to move forward and to dribble. With Kante, it’s kind of the same. When you play with your mates, you need to understand each other, and understand their characteristics as well,” the 29-year-old stated.