Chelsea needed to respond this weekend after the horror show at Bournemouth and they did just that by thumping Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Gonzalo Higuain, who joined on loan from Juventus in the January transfer window, opened his account for the Blues with two lovely goals.
The Argentine scored 38 goals in his one and only season under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and another player who’s enjoyed a reunion with the manager is Jorginho.
The Brazilian-born Italy international joined Chelsea back in July for £50 million after spending four years at Napoli, three of those with Sarri as his coach.
However, he’s struggled in recent weeks, his impact on N’Golo Kante’s position is a source of great debate, and now Sarri has explained the problem Jorginho has faced.
JORGINHO: THE KEY TO SARRI-BALL?
Jorginho has typically lined up in the middle of a midfield three alongside Mateo Kovacic and Kante, but some people think he should swap positions with the little Frenchman.
It’s pretty clear, though, that Sarri wants a playmaker who can build attacks as his central midfield pivot, as opposed to a naturally defensive-minded player like Kante.
Both Chelsea and Jorginho started the 2018-19 campaign very well, but once teams started targeting him, he couldn’t cope – and the team’s results suffered as a consequence.
After Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand slammed Jorginho’s display and labelled him as someone who “can’t run, can’t defend and provides no assists”.
SARRI EXPLAINS WHY JORGINHO HAS STRUGGLED
Speaking after Saturday’s 5-0 win, Chelsea boss Sarri insisted that the issues don’t lie with Jorginho, but with what his teammates are doing around him.
“Jorginho played very well,” the 60-year-old said, via The Mirror. “Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players because he is used to playing one touch.
“It’s very difficult to play one touch without the movement of the other players. So the team in the first 25-30 minutes played very well.”
Sarri, aware that Jorginho is central to his footballing philosophy, continued: “We have movements without the ball and, for Jorginho, it’s easier I think.”
The 27-year-old has registered one goal (a penalty) and no assists in 30 games for Chelsea, yet he does possess good vision and an excellent range of passing.
Chelsea will need the maestro to be at his best in the coming weeks because a Manchester United win at Fulham on Saturday will push the Blues outside of the top four.