Jorginho explains how Chelsea can fix their defensive flaws without blunting their attacks

Maurizio Sarri’s leader on the pitch, midfield playmaker Jorginho, has explained what Chelsea must do to tighten up their defences without hurting their ambition in attack.

With 10 games played in the Premier League, the Blues find themselves in third place, only two points behind the early pace-setters of Liverpool and Manchester City.

They take on Crystal Palace in their next fixture, a side that derailed Arsenal’s win streak last weekend with a 2-2 draw. Sarri and his players must be careful not to expose any weaknesses at the back against the likes of Wilfried Zaha.

However, while critics have called on Chelsea to take a step back or adopt a more conservative approach in midfield, playing N’Golo Kante rather than Jorginho in front of the back four, the Brazilian is adamant that his new side must stick to the plan instead of compromising on the principles behind their style of play.

“I think we’re only at the start,” he told Chelsea TV. “We have a long way to go in that I think we can do a lot better in our defensive game.”

The former Napoli midfielder, who spent four years working with Sarri in Naples and was brought to Stamford Bridge to act as his lieutenant on the field in the summer transfer window, named to the areas where the Blues have room to improve.

“In the transition phase when we lose the ball,” he said. “We can, I think, press much more quickly and allow fewer counter attacks.

“They are the little details that bit by bit we’re hoping to sort out.”

From the very start of his tenure at Stamford Bridge, Sarri has spoken of the need to see his side defend as a team rather than leaving the responsibility up to the centre-backs or the full-backs.

By closing players down with more aggression, high up the pitch and after losing possession, Chelsea can force errors or prevent an opponent from ever getting the chance to make use of the ball, protecting their defence while staying on the front foot.

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