Chelsea star Jorginho raves about Thomas Tuchel ahead of Man City clash – ‘He understood’

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Chelsea star Jorginho has heaped praise on Thomas Tuchel ahead of today’s FA Cup showdown with Manchester City. The Blues will step out into the pitch at Wembley looking to make the final of that competition. But it certainly won’t be easy, with Pep Guardiola’s side still aiming for a historic quadruple.

Chelsea endured a troublesome start to the season under Frank Lampard.

However, since parting ways with the Stamford Bridge legend, the Blues have been a team reborn under Tuchel.

The Chelsea boss has masterminded a stunning turnaround over in west London, with the club now having plenty to play for.

They tackle Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup today looking to win the competition for the first time since 2018.

And they’re also in the mix to finish in the Premier League top four, while still being in the Champions League as well.

Now, Jorginho has raved about Tuchel in an interview with the Daily Mail – saying he understood right away what was needed to kickstart the Blues into life.

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“He has definitely made a big impact,” he said.

“Straight away, he understood what he had to work with and how to get the best from us. He understood what to say and what to expect from the players.

“He understood my characteristics. The way to play with short passes when we need short passes and long balls when we need long balls.

“We are working hard, everyone in the same direction. It is coming together at the right moment.

“But what we achieve this season is a consequence of how we move forward. If you get too comfortable you don’t achieve very much. If you are hungry to win, win, win then you can achieve something at the end of the season.”

Jorginho, who nearly joined City back in the summer transfer window of 2018, insists Guardiola’s team can be stopped despite their brilliant form.


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“Every team can be beaten,” said the former Napoli star.

“You just need to find the right moment and understand how to do it. Against a team like that, you need to be prepared to suffer and work really hard.”

Jorginho also spoke of his stunning rise, insisting it all began when he left his hometown of Imbituba, Santa Catarina, at the age of 14 to join a football academy project in Brusque – which was more than 100 miles away.

“I stayed there for two years and this was the hardest time,” said the Italian.

“There were 50 teenagers, training in the mornings and afternoons and going to school in the evening.

“It was really hard. From there, I saw a few players going to Italy and thought this was my opportunity. I could not let it escape.

“But the place wasn’t the best. Sometimes we would have to eat the same food for three days and, in the winter, there was no hot water for the showers.

“One day my mum came to visit and saw this place was horrible and dirty. She was going, ‘Right, you’re leaving with me now, pick up your things and let’s go’.

“But humans can adapt to the situation. I was living in that place and it was — how do I say this? I don’t want to say s*** but it really was s*** and I had become used to it.

“I said, ‘Mum, this is my opportunity, I’m not giving up because the bathroom is dirty’.

“She said, ‘No, no. You don’t need to live like this’. In the end, I said to her, ‘If you force me to leave and I don’t become a footballer, I will blame you for ever’. She left, crying.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel has pledged his side will do all they can to hunt down City next term – while acknowledging there’s a big gap between the two teams at present.

“We have to accept that there is a gap between us and Manchester City,” said the German.

“If you look at the fixture in the Premier League and the fixtures in the last years we have to accept this. And it’s important that we accept this without making ourselves too small.

“So from next year on, from day one of next season we will hunt them, we will try to close the gap between us,” added Tuchel, whose side are currently 20 points adrift of City in the Premier League.

“And this the benchmark. For me in Europe there are two teams who are the benchmark, there is Bayern Munich and Manchester City.”

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