'The main man': ESPN pundit thinks £50m Chelsea player will be vital in FA Cup, he didn't start at the Bernabeu

Don Hutchison has predicted that Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is going to be vital in today’s game against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea are preparing to face Palace on Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Liverpool, who beat Manchester City in yesterday’s semi-final, await the winners in May’s final.

Chelsea go into the weekend contest off the back of a Champions League thriller at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid, which unfortunately saw the Blues exit the European competition.

There’s been some eye-catching individual performances in the last couple couple of matches, though.

ESPN pundit Hutchison has singled out Jorginho as someone that could be crucial against Palace.

The £50million central midfielder didn’t start the second leg against Madrid on Tuedsay, but is a deep-lying playmaker that will love to dominate possession on a big playing surface.

“I think Jorginho might be the main man. On a wide open pitch at Wembley against Chelsea, I think Chelsea will not win it by a massive scoreline, but I think they’ll be comfortable in the game. I think Jorginho might be the man,” Hutchison told ESPN.

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Fresh legs important

It would be good to see two or three fresh bodies recalled to the starting line-up against Palace.

For certain, Jorginho could really enjoy today’s match.

The 30-year-old often rotates in and out of the side along with experienced teammates Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante, so it won’t be a surprise to see him picked by his manager Thomas Tuchel.

This will be the game of their lives for many of the Palace players, which is why Chelsea need to start quickly and assert their dominance.

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