Chelsea midfielder Jorginho said he had received unfair criticism from Chelsea fans before Frank Lampard changed the supporters’ perspective.
Perhaps it is because they put too much expectation on him, but the 27-year-old was not exactly a fan favourite.
Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s decision to push N’Golo Kante out of his usual position and completely freeze out Cesc Fabregas also made it worse.
Jorginho said he was aware of the fans’ criticism towards him but also felt it was unjustified.
He told FourFourTwo: “Last year, fans were picking on me a lot because I’d arrived with another manager and, in my opinion, I ended up hearing some things that were honestly unfair.
Jorginho said he was determined to prove the critics wrong and “keep working quietly”.
“I’ve gone through moments like this at every club I’ve played for — this low moment when doubt can come and make you wonder, ‘Should I just leave this place? Maybe there isn’t room for me here,'”, he added.
The Italy international also believes how Lampard has portrayed him when speaking to the media has helped change how the fans see him.
He said: “He’s always spoken very highly of me since he returned to Stamford Bridge and we started working together.
“Honestly, I thank him for the sincerity he showed towards me in public. He didn’t have to do that, and not every manager does it. He’s a legend inside the club, so people listen to what he says.
“From that day, I felt everyone began to look at me with different eyes and really pay attention to what I do; how much I’ve devoted myself to achieving the best I can.”