The 27-year-old is still averaging a high number of touches, 95 on a per-90 basis, and he’s still attempting in excess of 80 passes – 82 to be exact. The difference in these numbers may not seem that dramatic but, over the course of a 38-game season, Jorginho would be having close to 300 fewer touches and he’d be attempting 228 fewer passes. He’s still heavily involved, just not as much as he was under Sarri. And this fits well with Lampard’s new-look Chelsea side. Jorginho still needs to be a controller but the tempo has to be quicker to benefit this much more direct Blues team.
The system is no longer centred around possession, though Jorginho still connects with 88 per cent of his passes. Instead, it’s about getting Chelsea forward as quickly as possible. This means players need to take fewer touches but still be as effective on the ball. And the former Napoli man has managed to nail this.
Despite averaging fewer passes this term, he’s actually assisting more shots (1.1 up from 0.8). Again, it seems like a negligible difference but over the season that equates to 11 more shots. Furthermore, Jorginho is now averaging more dribbles and he’s getting into the final third with greater regularity. He’s already been fouled the same number of times in the final third as he was in the whole of last term.
All of these stats highlight how less is sometimes more. Chelsea’s new approach forced Jorginho to be much more incisive and proactive. He’s seeing less of the ball but doing more with it, all because the Blues are now playing in a way that allows him more time in possession. Everything is now a bit more instinctive for the Italy international.
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