Jorginho has opened up about life in the Premier League, saying the England top flight is different with Serie A in terms of rhythm and physicality.
When Maurizio Sarri took over as Chelsea manager, he brought along his trusted midfielder in order to help ease his preferred Sarri-ball unto the Blues and the results have been fantastic, to say the least. Despite initially getting overwhelmed by Pep Guardiola’s suave artistes in the Community Shield, Jorginho quickly turned conductor in the Blues’s orchestra and quickly underlined his importance for Sarri’s system.
The merry men of West London romped to four straight victories in the league that has seen the Italian international, who directed play from the base of midfield, make the most passes (417) so far in the Premier League. This particular stretch has also seen the former Napoli man set a club-record in passes completed in a league match (158) during the Blues’ 2-1 win over Newcastle United.
With this, perhaps it is fair to say that Jorginho has been enjoying life at Stamford Bridge and as he linked up with the Italian national team for the international break, the midfielder has recently reflected on the deal that saw him swap sun-kissed Naples for the bright lights of London.
Speaking at a press conference in Converciano, Jorginho said: “My transfer to Chelsea was the choice made by both sides. We agreed for my good and that of the two clubs. Sarri was important to me, he has his habits and is working to change things, but he’s doing well and the results speak for that.”
The Brazilian-born Italian also delved into the contrast between the English and Italian top flights. First off, he seemed to suggest Cobham’s massive number of pitches are like nothing in Serie A before mentioning English top-flight matches are played at a searing pace compared with the more contemplative nature of Serie A games.
“The differences between the Premier League and Serie A? You have to experience it to understand, there’s a training centre with 38 football pitches and I think even that tells you a lot,” added Jorginho. “There’s a difference in the rhythm and physicality in the Premier League, I’m getting along well. I like it, the games are played at a high tempo. The Premier League is beautiful.”
Jorginho has admitted that while it has only been over a month since his move from Napoli, he already misses the Italian city, particularly the sun, the food, my friends and the warmth of the people, and even went as far as saying that he would like to return to Serie A one day. Given his encouraging start at Stamford Bridge, the Blues hope that his wish will be fulfilled later rather than sooner.