Chelsea’s ‘class act’ revealed by Jamie Carragher: ‘He’s the coach on the pitch’

CHELSEA new boy Jorginho has been hailed as Maurizio Sarri’s “coach on the pitch” by Jamie Carragher.

Italy international Jorginho followed Sarri in quitting Napoli for Chelsea in July after Stamford Bridge bosses beat Manchester City to his signature.

Chelsea splashed out £57m on the midfielder but it looks like money well spent after an impressive start to life at the club.

He has played every minute of the Premier League season so far and has kept the ball ticking over as the team adapt to Sarri’s attack-minded tactics.

Carragher said: “He looks a class act.

“Now you know why Man City and Chelsea I think were fighting over him.

“These are the things we are looking at now in terms of passes.

“Now, I think that’s also a big thing. When a manager comes in, you can already tell his style if he goes with that type of player in his holding-midfield role.

“A passer, rather than (N’Golo) Kante, who’s more someone who can break things up. He’s moved Kante’s position to bring him in there.

“I think that shows how he wants to go forward with the team and the quality of this lad.

“What I want to look at, the big difference with Chelsea, is the pressing high from the front.

“Now, under Conte and Mourinho, they won Premier Leagues, but sat off teams, which is not a problem, they were successful at it.

“But this is different. This is from the kick-off from Huddersfield and there’s the circled man Jorginho.

“Look, he’s already ordering players around, he’s Sarri’s man, he’s the coach on the pitch. Look pushing Kante, pushing, ‘get in’.

“What I love about this now is very rarely do you see a holding-midfield player really go flying out at the opposition’s holding-midfield player.

“More often than not he would hold his position there and protect his back four.”

Jorginho is likely to be given a breather when Chelsea kick off their Europa League campaign against PAOK in Greece on Thursday (5.55pm).

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