'Untouchable': PSG midfielder raves about Chelsea star who makes everything 'simple'

Marco Verratti has praised Chelsea maestro and Italian teammate Jorginho for his contribution towards Italy’s push for Euro 2020 glory.

In an interview with Sky Sports Italia, the Paris Saint-Germain gem saved special praise for Jorginho.

“(Jorginho) makes everything seem very simple,” Verratti said.

Italy strode through their group, notching three straight wins and without conceding a goal.

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Roberto Mancini’s side were dark horses for the tournament but now look as though they could go all the way.

Much of their success can be owed to Jorginho, who has silently engineered everything from his midfield role.

According to WhoScored.com, the 29-year-old made a higher number of passes in the first three fixtures (203) than any of his teammates.

Sky Sports Italia also reported the Blues hero covered the most ground of Mancini’s squad (31.1km).

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But the statistics only tell half the story. And Verratti was keen to praise Jorginho further.

“I think (Jorginho) is essential for this team,” his teammate said.

“We don’t have many with his characteristics. He is an untouchable. He makes the team run with playing times that allow those at his side to perform at their best.”

Verratti and Jorginho started together for the first time at Euro 2020 in Italy’s 1-0 win against Wales.

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PSG’s mini-midfielder suffered knee ligament damage last month and only recently returned to fitness.

With Veratti and Jorginho in tandem, the remaining nations in Euro 2020 should be fearful.

Together, they provide a combination of balance, control, intelligence and guile.

Austria have the onerous task of trying to stop the Azzurri next. A mission that will be even more difficult if Jorginho and Verratti partner again.

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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.