'Prime Pirlo': Some Chelsea fans loved £50m man who had 112 touches vs Burnley

Chelsea supporters were highly impressed by the performance of Jorginho in Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley.

Thomas Tuchel’s second game in charge ended in a resounding victory at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso ensured all three points remained at Stamford Bridge.

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Although both defenders grabbed the headlines, it was Jorginho who had a quietly excellent game in midfield next to the equally imposing Mateo Kovacic.

The £50m (BBC Sport) signing has split opinion ever since he arrived from Napoli in 2018 and was lambasted from some sections for his basic display against Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.

He vastly improved at home to Burnley and Chelsea fans were quick to acknowledge his positive contribution.  

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The Italian particularly excelled in the passing department. He attempted a joint high 104 passes in the game with an accuracy of 94.2%. He also had 112 touches, second only to Kovacic’s 113.

His four key passes were more than anyone managed in the match and was generally dominant in the Chelsea midriff.  

Some even thought he was the best player on the pitch, despite the presence of both goal scorers or the confident showings from Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

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It has been made very evident that Tuchel wanted the 29-year-old with him at Paris St Germain (Daily Mail).

His wishes have now been granted and Jorginho appears to be building a head of steam under the new manager.

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This victory over Burnley was only the second time this season Jorginho has started two consecutive league fixtures, a clear symbol of how Tuchel and Frank Lampard’s views differ on his importance.

There were doubts he would remain in the side after N’Golo Kante’s return from injury.

However, he provided enough evidence that he can have a run in the team under the right circumstances.

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When I initially saw that midfield pairing of Jorginho and Kovacic, my heart sank a little. Death by a thousand passes seemed just over the horizon.

I was proved wrong. Granted, they did continue their rituals from the Wolves tie last Wednesday but much more progressively and aggressively.

Jorginho dictated from deep, feeding his teammates further afield. If he continues in this vein, he will be vitally important for Tuchel’s plans.

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.