Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has this evening moved to defend Jorghino, on the back of his side’s disappointing draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier today.
Chelsea 1-1 Wolves
The capital giants welcomed high-flying Wolves to Stamford Bridge this afternoon, for a Premier League clash.
The two sides headed into proceedings separated by just one place in the English top-flight table (though Chelsea sat 13 points clear of Wolves).
Maurizio Sarri’s men had been in much-improved form of late, having picked up 3 straight wins across all competitions.
However, the upturn in form being enjoyed by the Blues came to a grinding halt this afternoon, as Chelsea struggled to a 1-1 stalemate.
Raul Jimenez put Wolves in front 10 minutes into the second-half, finishing off a superb piece of link-up play with strike partner Diogo Jota.
The goal came as the visitors’ first, and only shot on target at Stamford Bridge.
However, just when it appeared as though Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were set to escape from London with a smash-and-grab 3 points, an injury-time moment of individual brilliance from Eden Hazard saw the Chelsea talisman pick out the bottom corner of Rui Patricio’s goal with a rasping drive from the edge of the box.
50 – Eden Hazard has now scored 50 Premier League goals at Stamford Bridge; only Man Utd (5) have had more players score 50+ home goals in the competition than @ChelseaFC (also Lampard and Drogba). Exclusive. #CHEWOL pic.twitter.com/e1eXTmCGRN
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2019
‘Need movements with the other players’
The likes of David Luiz, Mateo Kovacic and Emerson disappointed for Chelsea this afternoon, in a largely-disjointed team performance.
Another of those to have been targeted by some sections of the Blues’ faithful was Jorginho, with the polarizing Italian international’s substitution 20 minutes from time having been met with sarcastic cheers and applause by many at Stamford Bridge:
Ironic cheers as Jorginho is subbed off. Willian on.
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) March 10, 2019
Chelsea sub: Willian on for Jorginho. And Stamford Bridge erupts into cheers on seeing the board go up.
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) March 10, 2019
Maurizio Sarri, though, has this evening jumped to the defence of his side’s midfield metronome, highlighting the lack of movement from Chelsea’s other players as the root problem for their struggles:
‘Jorginho, if the other players do not move without the ball, is in trouble, because he is really very able to play with one touch.’
‘Of course if you want to play with one touch you need movements with the other players.’
‘I know him very well. He can go in trouble if all the rest of the team is not moving.’
‘We needed to move faster and needed more movement without the ball.’
‘Today we played with five touches. And if there is no space it is very difficult to score if you play with five or six touches.’
‘We need to improve in this kind of situation. We can’t keep taking five or six touches.’
Quotes via Goal.com