'Appreciating my way of playing': 29-year-old says he is finally being respected by Chelsea's fans

Jorginho admitted he was now starting to feel the full love and affection from those Chelsea supporters who previously doubted him.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Jorginho addressed the issue of eventually winning over corners of Stamford Bridge who criticised his abilities.

The Italian has divided fans, pundits and rivals alike ever since he became a Blue back in 2018.

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His debut season was constantly struck with the whip of being the orchestrator behind Maurizio Sarri’s often unpopular methods.

He was then in and out under Frank Lampard as a new order of youth took to the stage.

But Jorginho’s masterful mind never dispersed or disintegrated, even when he sat on the sidelines.

Thomas Tuchel ensured the 29-year-old’s brain was put to full use immediately once he took control from Lampard.

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After just a few matches, it was clear how influential the midfielder was going to be for this changed regime.

In fact, Jorginho has only missed six matches since Tuchel took over.

Join in with the party, Jorgi

“Chelsea fans know I’ve always given my best for the club,” said the former Napoli regista.  

“Now they’re appreciating my way of playing and my skills as we had great results.

“But I’m proud to say that after some criticism, I’m now appreciated by Chelsea fans.”

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This constant standing in the spotlight hasn’t been without its rewards.

Jorginho won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award, beating his club teammate N’Golo Kante.

Many believe the former will also claim the Ballon d’Or trophy, ending the supremacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once and for all.

But all these personal accolades mean very little if the Chelsea faithful are unaccepting of their own player.

Thankfully for Jorginho, they have finally welcomed him in with open arms.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.