Rio Ferdinand says £50m Chelsea star looks a ‘different player’ under Thomas Tuchel

Rio Ferdinand believes that under Thomas Tuchel Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has completely transformed. 

Tuchel, who celebrates seven months as Chelsea manager on Thursday, has improved levels at Stamford Bridge to incredible heights in such a short space of time. 

Jorginho, along with several clubs teammates, are now playing some of their best football in a long time under the German coach. 

The £50million central midfielder is a regular starter in Tuchel’s XI and is pivotal to the team’s possession. 

His form has been questioned by supporters regularly since joining from Napoli in 2018. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for him, but he’s on such a high right now.


Pundit Ferdinand claims that the Chelsea maestro has raised his game during 2021, with his ability to get the ball quicker up the pitch a noticeable difference.

“Jorginho has gone to a new level [under Tuchel],” Ferdinand said.

“Since Tuchel’s come, he’s [Jorginho] been a different player for me. The way he plays, he passes the ball forward now, so much more. And he plays a little bit higher at times, so his ball now is into the final third to hurt teams, so there’s a difference.”

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Jorginho crucial under Tuchel

There are a few Chelsea players you can guarantee will be starting most games, including 29-year-old Jorginho. 

The Italian offers a lovely balance in the centre of the park next to N’Golo Kante, with the duo mixing nicely with each other. Mateo Kovacic can also work really nicely next to him, too.

Jorginho has got the ability on the ball to spray incredible long passes and help Chelsea keep a grip on tight matches. Also, the defensive side of his game is underrated because of his intelligence to get in great positions and break up play. 

He’s certainly not blessed with much pace, but he often thinks smarter than anyone on the pitch.

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