This is a bit much… isn’t it?
Chelsea fans, Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho are at stylistic loggerheads at the moment, their approaches and expectations clashing.
The diminutive Brazilian-born midfielder embodies Sarri’s mantra of pretty, one-touch passing football.
But it’s safe to say, after an impressive start, that philosophy has come under some serious scrutiny in recent weeks.
Jorginho, rightly or wrongly, has been scapegoated by beleaguered Blues fans who have already had enough of Sarri-ball.
And last night his short Chelsea career to date reached its lowest ebb.
Coming on as a substitute during the Europa League win over Malmo, sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd booed Jorginho’s introduction.
The reaction clearly sparked dismay among other Chelsea supporters who couldn’t believe what they were hearing.
Sarri, presumably after inhaling an entire pack of Benson and Hedges, then fuelled the fire after the final whistle by suggesting his side’s sluggish first half was because Jorginho didn’t start.
“I think in the first 30 minutes we understood why Jorginho is very important for our team,” he said.
“We were in trouble to exit from our half, on pressing. With Jorginho, it’s easier, I think.
“I hope our fans will be able to understand that Jorginho, for us, is really a very important player.”
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