Jorginho has made a bright start to life at Chelsea. One of the few senior players who was available to Maurizio Sarri for all of his preseason games, the Italy international has settled in nicely in front of the back four.
Tactically he is perfect for his Italian coach, and that’s all thanks to where he developed as a player, having moved to Verona from his native home of Imbituba in Brazil. He plays short, quick passes, controls the tempo and doesn’t move forward much with the ball, preferring to read the game both offensively and defensively from a deeper position.
In an interview featured on the official Chelsea website, he discusses his game and how it is different from many in his home country of Brazil:
‘In terms of football I’m a hundred per cent European The characteristics I have are not associated with Brazilian football. I was born in Brazil, I grew up in Brazil and you can say that is where I grew up as a person, but then I trained and I developed and, speaking football-wise, I learned my game in Italy.’
Thanks to his Italian ancestry he was able to move to Europe at a young age, where he has been based since. So while David Luiz brings that flash of hair and flair from South America, Jorginho is a little more measured and controlled just in front of him.