Chelsea midfielder Jorginho celebrated the Blues’ hard fought 3-1 win against Southampton by treating himself to a trip to the Saturday night boxing at Wembley Arena.
Despite only being on the pitch for 17 minutes or so, an incident involving the Italian was what in the end swung the pendulum Chelsea’s way as they went on to score two more goals as a result of what happened in the 77th minute.
After Edouard Mendy managed to pass the ball to Jorginho under pressure, Saints captain James Ward Prowse lunged studs up into an attempt to nick the ball away from him.
His attempt was unsuccessful and instead, it caused the Euro 2020 winner to go down in agony as the Englishmen was eventually sent off after VAR had to intervene.
The player who replaced Chelsea’s No. 5 in midfield, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, put on a superb showing as he made his intentions well known to Thomas Tuchel as the former Fulham and Crystal Palace loanee now battles with Jorginho and the other Blues midfielders for a regular first-team spot.
Post-match, the German explained his decision to start Loftus-Cheek over the 29-year-old on this specific occasion.
“It’s the first time for them to play together [Trevoh Chalobah, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek] and I think they can show their qualities today,” Tuchel said via Chelsea’s 5th Stand app.
“Callum has waited a long time, particularly to play in this position where he feels most comfortable. So this is a time for him to show this.
“We’ve gone for Ruben in midfield instead of Jorgi because we’ve overused him recently. He hasn’t had much of a pre-season and he’s played a lot of matches. Today we are facing a midfield that presses a lot, so we’ve gone for a midfielder with a bit more physicality in Ruben.
“Ruben also gives us the option to drive forward with the ball from midfield, he’s very good at travelling with the ball.
“Callum and Ruben both finished the game in Turin well. We’ve made a lot of changes but if you look at the team that ended against Juventus, it’s quite similar with Ruben, Callum, Trevoh and Chilly.
“I hope they feel confident enough because we need that today. We need to be brave and have quick decision-making to escape the press of Southampton.”
Away from the action, Jorginho put the disappointment of Saturday behind him as he attended the boxing at Wembley arena after the game concluded.
He said to the interviewer about his experience at attending fight night: “Yeh- it’s so much fun.
“My first time, I’ve never been before so it’s been very nice.
“The atmosphere is nice and the pressure is high as well.”
Pressure which he himself will be feeling when he returns from the October international break as the 29-year-old looks to fend off Loftus-Cheek’s re-emergence as the battle in midfield intensifies significantly.