It took the Belgian forward just 15 minutes to open his account for the Blues against Arsenal and whilst he failed to net in his second game against Liverpool, the 28-year-old once again illustrated his ability to drop deep, occupy central defenders and bring talented creators Mason Mount and Kai Havertz into the game, who created all sorts of problems for Jurgen Klopp’s backline in the opening half.
Lukaku already seems to be developing strong partnerships with his new teammates and certainly, he’s been impressed by many in training, one of which is Jorginho.
‘I see someone like Jorginho every day now. That guy is really good at football,’ Lukaku told VTM Nieuws.
‘I also played two years against Insigne, who plays at the top of his game. They were all top. Tactically, we were outclassed [against Italy], but also football-wise. And that hurt.’
It’s fair to say that Jorginho had an excellent campaign last term for both club and country, with the Champions League and European Championship added to his footballing CV.
But what’s worth mentioning is that the Italian midfielder hasn’t always been a fan’s favourite, and this is because of how he requires a specific style of play to flourish.
In a system where he’s given a defensive role, instructed to operate as a destroyer, Jorginhio struggles because of the lack of athleticism installed within his game along with the inability to cover large distances swiftly.
But in a set-up that’s focused on possession-based football, he excels, hence why the 29-year-old is thriving under Thomas Tuchel.
In the current 3-4-3 Chelsea’s set up, in possession the Blues operate in a 3-2-5 shape, consisting of three central defenders, two holding midfielders, and a front five who are tasked with providing the attacking threat.
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Jorginho’s role is to essentially collect the ball from the backline and either recycle possession or execute forward line-breaking passes that quicken the build-up phase – qualities that he possesses in abundance.
It will however be interesting to see who the former PSG manager favours in the engine room following the arrival of Saul Niguez on loan and whether Jorginho’s place is under jeopardy.
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