Jorginho has shared that he told Chelsea teammate Thiago Silva that Emerson Palmieri would score in last month’s game against Atletico Madrid, something he did almost instantly.
The Blues have booked their spot in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid, and overcame Porto this week in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Thomas Tuchel’s side eliminated Spanish opposition Atletico Madrid back in the last-16 stage in March.
Chelsea qualified against Atletico with a 2-0 home win against Atletico in the second leg on 17 March, with substitute Emerson scoring during the briefest cameo appearance from the bench.
Jorginho, who was watching from the stands, has explained he told Silva moments before it happened that Emerson would get on the scoresheet.
“I have a close relationship with Emerson so when he scored [against Atletico Madrid] I was really happy for him. He works so hard every single day and he deserved that moment,” Jorginho said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“It was funny because Emerson had been joking to Thiago [Silva] and I in training that he only needs one good ball to him to score. So when he was coming on, I turned to Thiago and said, ‘I think today he will have one touch of the ball and score’.
“I could see that Atletico were constantly coming at us, trying to get a goal and I thought we could catch them on the counter-attack. Thiago joked that if Emerson scored, he would jump from the stands to celebrate. Then when the counter happened and Emerson was running forward, Thiago and I just looked at each other and I said, ‘oh my god, it’s going to happen’! Then when he scored, we were all so happy for him and as you can see from the celebrations, we all went a little crazy!”
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Chelsea’s group appears to have a great unity right now, something which could be crucial from now until the end of the season in the pursuit of silverware and a top-four finish.
Emerson’s left-footed drive last month was a great moment for someone who plays very little football nowadays.
The 26-year-old Italian full-back has made just 14 appearances across all competitions this season, but it certainly sounds like he’s a popular member of the dressing room that doesn’t moan about his lack of minutes.
It will be a bit of a surprise if he’s still at Stamford Bridge next season, as he’s a good enough player to get minutes elsewhere.
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