Jorginho's passing masterclass shouldn't be overshadowed

Sam Preston December 3, 2020
Jorginho's passing masterclass shouldn't be overshadowed
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Olivier Giroud’s four-goal display will grab the headlines after Chelsea ran riot against Sevilla last night, and rightly so.

There has been talk about the Frenchman’s future but he provided an emphatic answer in the 4-0 victory.

But there was another masterclass going on last night, slightly further back.

As per WhoScored, Jorginho has a passing accuracy of 97.9 per cent on the night.

He made 47 passes and had 62 touches, the second-most of any Chelsea player on the pitch.

The Italian has sometimes been underappreciated at Chelsea, and found himself out of the side against Tottenham at the weekend.

But he produced a performance of high class to dominate the game away from home against a very tricky opponent.

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That, along with Giroud’s sensational display, underlines the strength in depth Frank Lampard has at his disposal right now.

It’s a tough job keeping everybody happy, but with a match pretty much every three days, there’s plenty of gametime to share around.

Jorginho and Giroud should both come into the manager’s thinking for the weekend now.

The Blues host Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side, who will provide a stern test of their new-found defensive resilience.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.