"They criticised me without foundation": Jorginho talks about early Chelsea fan treatment

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has thanked Frank Lampard for changing the Blues supporters’ opinion on him as he argued against the criticism.

The supporters often pointed their fingers on Jorginho when Chelsea performed poorly last season under Maurizio Sarri.

He was somewhat Sarri’s embodiment on the field, after all.

But the 28-year-old has won back some of those fans since Lampard took on the helm.

Having seen an increase in his defensive outputs which was considered his main weakness last season, has also played a big part.

Jorginho said how Lampard portrayed him during media interviews has been a huge help, although he still thinks the criticisms thrown at him last season have been baseless.

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He told ESPN Brasil: “This has a lot of merit for Lampard, due to the importance he has at the club. And the way he talked about me as a person and as a player at the beginning of the season.

“Then the view and thinking of those who criticised me began to change. Because, in my opinion, they criticised me without foundation, sincerely.

“The numbers said the complete opposite of what was said, of how they looked at me.

“And it’s thanks to my work and his words, because it is also not easy for a coach to talk about a player that the crowd, in quotes, doesn’t like.”

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Jorginho has netted four times and further provided two assists in the Premier League this season.

But as mentioned before, his defensive numbers have really seen a significant improvement.

He has had the most interceptions per game (2.2) and the second-most tackles per game (also 2.2) among Chelsea players this season.

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A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.