Following the speculations that had earlier on filled the public that Chelsea manager Maurizzio Sarri is favouring Jorginho over other players, many have been following keenly the gestures of the boss and his player.
Although, Jorginho had himself quashed claims that he is Sarri’s golden boy, recent on-pitch activity between him and Sarri has confirmed to people that their relationship is unbreakable.
Sarri again defended Jorginho, who was substituted midway through the second half to applause, having been booed when coming on against Malmo last month.
The ironic actions of the supporters were perhaps more targeted at Sarri, who, for the first time this season, altered his favoured 4-3-3 formation to give more of an attacking emphasis.
“Jorginho, if the other players don’t move without the ball, is in trouble,” Sarri added.
“He is really very able to play at one touch, but if you want to play one touch you need movements from the other players.
“Then, in the last 20 minutes, Jorginho is not suitable for 4-2-3-1. So (Jorginho’s substitution) was only a consequence of the change of system, not the performance.
“It’s not easy, of course, because the problem wasn’t the system, but our way of playing.
“We need to move the ball faster. We cannot play five or six touches in that situation. It’s very difficult to score if you do.”
Hazard’s timely intervention saved Chelsea, but the forward was not spared Sarri’s criticism.
He added: “Hazard is a great player who can solve the situation in any moment, but during the match he was like the other players.
“He needs more movement without the ball, not only when he has the ball at his feet.
“But this is the same for all the players today, especially the offensive player