Gianluigi Donnarumma has jumped to Chelsea star Jorginho’s defence after the midfielder’s missing a penalty in Italy’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw with Switzerland on Sunday.
Roberto Mancini’s men still successfully defended their top spot in Group C of World Cup qualifiers with the draw.
However, it was still a missed opportunity to widen the gap to arguably their toughest opponents in the group.
Italy have now accumulated 11 points from five qualification games, while second-placed Switzerland have seven points from three games.
The visitors could have taken the lead from the penalty spot early in the second half, but Jorginho, with his usual penalty trick, failed to put the ball past Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
The thing with Jorginho’s penalty style is that he usually tricks goalkeepers to make an early decision with his hop. But if these shot-stoppers wait, as Sommer did, it suddenly becomes an easy save due to the lack of power in Jorginho’s shot.
To be fair, Sommer had an impressive game overall, making seven saves including Jorginho’s penalty.
Donnarumma, who congratulated Sommer for his performance, however, insisted there was nothing wrong with Jorginho’s penalty style.
“In training, we challenge each other, and he always scores,” the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper told Swiss channel RSI.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t succeed tonight, but we all know he’s an incredible penalty taker. He, unfortunately, happened to miss [the penalty].”
Jorginho ended last season as Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League with seven penalty goals, which illustrates his penalty style’s success rate.
Interestingly, there have also been discussions among the Chelsea fans on whether Romelu Lukaku should take over the spot-kick duty from the 29-year-old.