Chelsea’s win over Malmo last night was somewhat marred by two injury blows, but that shouldn’t mean people overlook how brilliant Jorginho was.

Blues fans are still awaiting an injury update on attacking pair Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, who were both forced off during the first half of Wednesday night’s 4-0 win at home to Malmo.

However, there are so many positives about the midweek victory in the Champions League group stages. 

Certainly, Jorginho’s display in the centre of the park was outstanding. The 29-year-old midfielder marked his return to the starting line-up in style and looked back to his very best.

Chelsea FC v Malmo FF: Group H - UEFA Champions League
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Stats back up Jorginho clinic

Jorginho’s most important statistic last night is that he scored two penalties. The Italian showed composure from the spot, stroking the ball straight down the middle on both occasions. 

The central midfielder’s excellent contribution can be highlighted further by WhoScored.

He was top in the Chelsea side against Malmo for most tackles (8) and most interceptions (3).

 

The deep-lying midfielder’s star quality on the ball is well known because there aren’t many that can keep possession so effectively as the Ballon d’Or nominee. 

A lot of the defence work he does off the ball is underrated, though.

Chelsea FC v Malmo FF: Group H - UEFA Champions League
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Rest has worked wonders

Thomas Tuchel recently explained that Jorginho is one of the Chelsea individuals that has been at risk of being overplayed, so it’s no massive surprise to see him as an unused substitute in the 1-0 Premier League win over Brentford at the weekend.

The mini break worked a treat as he ran the proceedings against Malmo. 

He’s one the key members of the Blues squad and has been labelled “relentless” by Tuchel in the past. But, even he needs to be rotated at times to keep him fresh.

Chelsea’s strength of depth in the centre of the park is a huge blessing for the manager at Stamford Bridge. 

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