Seven interceptions, 203 passes: Chelsea star catches the eye during Euro 2020 group stage

Chelsea maestro Jorginho certainly left his mark on the European Championship’s early rounds as Italy easily progressed to the knockout stage.

Roberto Mancini’s side finished top of group A with three straight victories and zero goals conceded.

Where other top nations have stuttered and stumbled, Gli Azzurri have glided past each of their opponents with relative ease.

At the heart of the Italian masterplan is their midfield metronome, Jorginho.

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The 29-year-old started all of the games and was excellent in each one of them.

Intelligent with the ball, equally as perceptive without it, he simply transferred over his performances for Chelsea onto the international stage.

Jorginho’s statistics tell a very familiar story as well.

According to WhoScored.com, he made 203 passes in the trio of Italian fixtures.

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Only Granit Xhaka of Switzerland managed more in the group.

Furthermore, the Blues dictator claimed seven interceptions, just three behind Turkey’s Mehmet Zeki Celik.

His display in the 3-0 win over the Swiss certainly had Blues fans purring from behind their social media screens.

With Italy striding through to the next challenge of the competition, Jorginho will probably play an equally important part to their potential progression.

He lined up alongside Marco Verratti in their latest win over Wales, a partnership that any team in world football would drool over.

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If Mancini’s Blues can secure Euros glory, then Thomas Tuchel’s Blues will have a continental champion within their ranks.

Add to that a Champions League winners medal and Jorginho’s career could be defined by the past few months.

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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.