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Why Jorginho Is Best The Premier League Midfielder

Jorginho has grown into a split and well-known figure as most people tend to blame him for the wrong things even if he has not done them up on the pitch. He covered the 114 kilometres in the Champions League, he was only ahead of Phil Foden (122 km) and Toni Kroos (119 km), both of which have played more in the game.

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Against Real Madrid in the 14th minute, Jorginho picked a yellow card but did not make mistakes in the face of Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro who had won the Champions League three times. It showed why he receives many criticisms. A "register" as they would call the Italian as that kind of a midfielder, many people do not see or think about anything until things get bad and start to pin the blame on him but he quite often does not react to the fans.

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It is unfortunate that one of the harder roles to master in the centre, especially because it is so important and so invisible at once, attracts more criticism than praise. Like most registries, it is hard to do justice to the intelligence of Jorginho, his gift to be able to read the song alone. One important stat is that in the second leg he performed six interceptions, including one of the most essential ones in the 79th minute for Karim Benzema of Real Madrid last season in the champions league.

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The criticism is virtually always aimed at his short passage and lack of speed and physical strength, rather than at things he can do. Players who play in poor systems tend to overshadow their weaknesses. When Andre Villas-Boas forced John Terry to play in a high line, his short tenure at Chelsea showed this. Terry was exposed to the break and Villas-Boas benched the captain Chelsea, which eventually led to his sack.

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Jorginho's statistics reveal a change in his playstyle while the system has helped. The outstanding figure is that this season, almost twice as many intercepts per league game as its first season (1.23), and much greater than last season (1.59) as Jorginho continue to impress and outperform himself so far. This number puts him in second, behind Kante of all the players in the league who played over 1000 minutes last season.

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Jorginho's pressing system was also high and enabled the industrious Mason Mount front trio, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, to press up. Interestingly, he has also won 48% of his aerial duels, a vast improvement on his 26% last season considering him not so tall appearance. During Tuchel’s 20 games in charge, Jorginho has started 19, of which the Blues have lost only two; one being a game where they played with a man less for an hour which shows his ability to hold the midfield.

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Tuchel has unwavering faith in his vice-captain’s standards and quality, which has brought the best out of both, the individual and the collective. For all the punishment it has endured, Chelsea’s engine has carried it to within a hop, skip and a jump of another unprecedented Champions League title. Chelsea’s midfielder Jorginho has undoubtedly played a major role in that. In the attacking third, Jorginho records the lowest pressures and attacks.

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