Jorginho: The Italian Maestro in Chelsea’s Midfield

Who is Jorge Luiz Frello Filho? Itis the full name of Jorginho, the versatile midfielder of Euro 2020 champions Italy. A very important figure in Roberto Mancini’s squad and also Chelsea’s squad who won Champions League. This man was born in Imbituba, Brazil on December 20, 1991. Almost 30 years old in December. A very mature age in the career of a footballer. The peak of his career as a footballer was when he and the Italian national team won Euro 2020 at Wembley Stadium. It was the happiest moment for him.

At that time, England was defeated in a penalty shootout with a score of 3-2. After the two teams were in a normal game of 90 minutes and 2×15 minutes of added time, it was still a 1-1 draw. Although in the penalty shootout, Jorginho actually failed to execute a penalty shot. However, it did not make Italy fail to win the title. During Euro 2020, Jorginho has always been Roberto Mancini’s preferred midfielder in a total of 7 matches. He has never been replaced by another player.

Jorginho is the director of the Italian midfield in a 4-3-3 formation. He partnered with Marco Veratti and Nicolo Barella. Or it could be with Manuel Locatelli and Matteo Pessina. Before winning the prestigious European countries trophy, Jorginho managed to win the Champions League trophy with Chelsea. Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel put his trust in Jorginho in a duet with N’Golo Kante as a stabilizer for the team with a 3-4-2-1 formation.

The figure of Jorginho both at his club Chelsea and in the Azzurri team is a versatile midfielder. Jorginho is the ideal anchor in managing the team’s transition in attack and defense. Jorginho has two passports namely Italy and Brazil. But in the senior national team, Jorginho has chosen to strengthen Gli Azzurri Italy. His debut with Italy was on March 24, 2016. He has been with the Blue team for 5 years and so far has 35 caps with 8 goals.

His career began at the Verona U-19 club in 2007-2010 after which he strengthened Hellas Verona and began to enter his professional career in the Italian Serie A. Until finally starting January 2014 in demand by Napoli. For 4 years Jorginho strengthened the club that was once defended by Diego Maradona. According to Transfermarkt.com, his career in Serie A has played 151 matches with 9 goals and 15 assists.

In the summer transfer window to be exact on July 14 2018 Jorginho moved to Chelsea, brought in by Maurizio Sarri, his coach who used to be with him at Napoli. With Chelsea, the Brazilian-born player is under contract until July 14, 2023. The trophies Jorginho has won with Napoli are the Italian Cup (Copa Italia) and Italian Supercup (Supercopa Italia). With Chelsea won the 2021 Champions League. Chelsea beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 in Maurizio Sarri’s first Premier League game as his debut head coach at John Smith’s Stadium. The match was also Jorginho’s debut in the Premier League with Chelsea.

Jorginho’s first London derby with Chelsea came against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. This is also his first game to play in front of the Blues Chelsea supporters in London. According to Chelseafc.com (19/8/18), the Blues won in this first home game thanks to a decisive goal from Marcos Alonso just 9 minutes before the game ended. Other goals from the London derby were gripping and open is scored Pedro started Chelsea’s goal in the 7th minute. This was followed by Alvaro Morata’s first goal of the season.

Chelsea were 2-0 up but Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi scored for Arsenal to make it 2-2, holding on until the break. With Chelsea, Jorginho has played 96 Premier League matches with 13 goals and 3 assists. Meanwhile for the Champions League competition, Jorginho’s record was 25 matches with 4 goals and one assist.

This is a very beautiful career path for Jorginho. Next year there will be the Qatar World Cup 2022. Jorginho’s age is still considered appropriate to strengthen Gli Azzurri in the highest event in World Football. Can Jorginho bring Italy back to win the World Cup after they last won it in 2006 in Germany? We are looking forward to next year.

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