Jorginho explained why his midfield partnership with Chelsea teammate Mateo Kovacic has worked so well so far under Thomas Tuchel.

Initially, there were questions over Tuchel’s decision to use Jorginho and Kovacic as a midfield pair in his first game in charge against Wolves.

While the pair is quite comfortable with the ball, they often struggled defensively under former boss Frank Lampard.

One month later, Jorginho and Kovacic remain the preferred midfield pair and Chelsea remain unbeaten and kept fives clean-sheets from six games in which they both started.

The extra defender in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 has certainly helped, but their understanding each other’s game also played a big part, according to Jorginho.

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“I have a very good relationship with him [Kovacic] because we think the same way about football, we understand each other,” the Italy international told Chelsea’s official website.

“We know what we want to do, what each other wants to do, so I find it quite easy playing with him because we think the same way.

“We know who needs to be in that position in that moment so we leave space for each other in the right moment.

“We cover each other’s backs, we understand when we need to be close to each other and when we don’t.

“I know when he needs that space to drive forward or when he’s a bit in trouble and needs help.”

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Chronicle view

It is easy to see why Tuchel prefers the pair than N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, considering the amount of possession Chelsea have in most games.

There would be games against better sides where Jorginho and Kovacic midfield pairing might not be as effective, but more often than not, Chelsea will face teams that sit deep.

The downside is, perhaps, how the JorginhoKovacic pairing seems to need an extra defender behind them.

Given the number of attacking talents Tuchel has at his disposal, he might want to eventually shift to a back-four formation — and would the midfield pairing still work?

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