Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: Blues player ratings
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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has described his ‘anger’ over the way he was spoken about by supporters when he first joined the Blues in 2018. The Italian was signed by Maurizio Sarri for a huge £50million to play at the base of the midfield.
Sarri never won over the Stamford Bridge faithful, despite victory in the Europa League at the end of his only season in charge.
Jorginho was viewed as the face of the Sarri era having been an important player for the maligned head coach at Napoli prior to the pair arriving at Chelsea that summer.
Roman Abramovich replaced the Italian with Frank Lampard after just one campaign. Jorginho was expected to be eased out but instead became an important player under the Blues hero.
The 29-year-old has since starred under new boss Thomas Tuchel, helping Chelsea win the Champions League in May. He was then successful with Italy at Euro 2020.
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Jorginho’s fine form in both competitions earned him UEFA’s Best Men’s Player of the Year award. The player has recalled his turbulent start to life in West London and has insisted that the criticism gave him ‘fuel’ to push on and succeed.
“My start at Chelsea made me miss [Napoli] even more,” Jorginho wrote in The Players’ Tribune.
“We all remember what they were saying, right? I was too slow. I was too weak. I was Sarri’s son. Man, it made me so angry.
“But listen, they underestimated me. You see, I’ve had a turbulent start at every club I’ve been with. Every club. It’s incredible.
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“When I came to Verona, nobody wanted me. They sent me on loan to the fourth division. Nobody wanted me there either.
“But I kept working and I won respect. I went back to Verona and we went up to Serie A. I had a hard year at Napoli, too, and then Sarri came and changed everything.
“So the Chelsea stuff? Puh! I just used the criticism as fuel. I was thinking, These people are going to be embarrassed.
“And now I’m sitting here with a Europa League title and a Champions League title. So to all the critics, I just want to say one thing.
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“Thank you. Really, thank you all.”
Tuchel, who replaced Lampard in January, has enjoyed an incredibly successful start to life as head coach.
With Jorginho a key component to his 3-4-3 formation, the German guided the club to the Champions League within five months in charge.
A couple of additions to his squad over the summer have now made Tuchel’s side the favourites to compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Romelu Lukaku has re-joined the club in a sensational £97.5m transfer, while they also captured Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez on loan.
Saul will compete with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic for a place in Tuchel’s midfield.
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