Jorginho has been a standout performer in the heart of the Italy midfield, dictating the tempo of their play with his typically accurate and incisive passing, as well as his willingness to do the dirty work when required, such as in the Azzurri’s hard-fought 2-1 victory over Belgium on Friday night.
Azpilicueta, who started the tournament on the bench but has made himself indispensable at right-back for Spain, knows all too well what impact Jorginho can have. Stopping that could prove pivotal at Wembley on Tuesday night.
‘Jorginho is a great player,’ said Azpi.
‘He has shown both in Chelsea and in Italy that he is important to make the game go round.
‘He likes to have the ball and control the game. He is an intelligent player: the less he is a protagonist on Tuesday, the more chance we will have to control the game and qualify for the final.