Jorginho may have broken the Premier League passing stats, but he needs to be more aggressive if Chelsea are to succeed - The Chelsea Chronicle

Jorginho may have broken the Premier League passing stats, but he needs to be more aggressive if Chelsea are to succeed

The arrival of Jorginho to Chelsea was met with a muted reception from fans.

Primarily due to his metronomic style of play, fans weren’t over-awed by the Italians arrival.

But after five games of the season, their opinions of Jorginho have rapidly changed.

A vital cog for Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, he has dictated the tempo of the game from a deep position for Chelsea so far.

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And he took that to a new level on Sunday during the Blues’ 0-0 draw with West Ham where he set a new Premier League record for attempted passes in a game with 180.

Jorginho has an important role in the team, but the type of passes he was making on Sunday stifled Chelsea.

In a game where Chelsea lacked attacking tempo, they needed him to pass forward more often.

West Ham set up with a deep defence and lots of bodies tightly packed and, as a result, Chelsea struggled.

Too many of his 180 attempted passes were either too short or backwards which slowed Chelsea’s build-up.

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Against big teams who play open football, this is a fantastic tactic.

But against the smaller teams who are set up to defend, Jorginho must be more aggressive.

Whilst his passing percentage will drop, a more forward-thinking approach from a deep position would help Chelsea break down defensive teams.