'Incredible': Ex-Chelsea player shares what Jorginho did in pre-season which left him simply stunned

Rob Green revisited the interaction he had with Jorginho that made him question his decision to join Chelsea so late in his career.

Speaking to football.london, the former goalkeeper detailed the eye-opening event he shared with Jorginho back when the pair were sharing a dressing room together.

Recalling Jorginho”s mastery

Both Green and the Italy international arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018, for transfer fees at either end of the scale.

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Whilst Jorginho became a staple part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans, the now-retired ‘keeper simply warmed the bench throughout the campaign.

But he did manage to grab a few minutes during a pre-season friendly, which is where Green marvelled at the wonderous brain of the midfield maestro.

“I remember I played with him (Jorginho) in a pre-season friendly against Lyon and during that the ball came back to me, a back pass, and I hit it clear,” remembered Green.

“At the end of the game, he came to me and asked what I was doing. I sort of looked at him and said, ‘what do you mean?’

“He said and pointed: ‘If they have two strikers then they’ll press from there and there. So I’ll move here and you can pass the ball out to me. But if they’ve only got one striker, they’ll go over there and I’ll show for the ball, but then that pass out there is free.’

“He knows that all over the pitch and is working it out as people change positions and coaches tweak formations.

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“So that insight into how his brain functions while in the mix of a game was incredible.

“It was genuinely a moment – and we were only in pre-season – that I thought to myself, ‘crap, I wish I had been here earlier in my career’ as I wish I’d got that understanding and education of how things work at that level.”

Inventive Italian

Jorginho might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there is no doubting his footballing intelligence.

He envisages pictures and patterns on the field before they have happened, like a chess master moving around his pieces.

This not only helps him often glide through games, but allows others to benefit from his genius.

However, as we mentioned, some people don’t recognise Jorginho’s quality for what it is.

They only see the sideways passes, or the safe balls.

Yet, for professionals like Green, Jorginho’s class is there for all to revel in.

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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.