Jorginho’s slack

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“It’s hard not to think about the Ballon d’Or because everyone talks about it and tells me I deserve it, which I really appreciate. But I try not to think about it too much so as not to lose sight of the important things that we are fighting for. I’m just trying to wait and see what happens.”, underlined Jorginho six months ago. At thirty, the Italian-Brazilian midfielder from Chelsea was coming out of the best exercise of his career. Unstoppable in Thomas Tuchel’s system, he won the Champions League with Chelsea by forming a fiery duo with N’Golo Kanté then on his way, he won Euro 2020 with the Italian selection by being one of the frames. However, this euphoric period has since subsided and Jorginho’s situation is much less dreamed of.

Already last December, Thomas Tuchel praised the work of his player who scored twice from the penalty spot against Leeds United (3-2) when his level was down. “Jorginho has been sacrificing himself for many weeks, in fact. I knew that time would come when he would suffer because he played the Champions League campaign with us, the Euros with Italy, and all of their World Cup qualifying matches. So it was not only a physical effort for him, it was very demanding mentally., explained the German coach at a press conference. Still a starter in the double pivot, the Italian however shares more of his minutes than last season since the three-way fight with N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić is fierce.

Jorginho brought in a mental coach

In addition, Jorginho had a rather complicated period in selection. Despite a brilliant summer where he won Euro 2020 by being decisive, the transalpine midfielder was in the line of fire during qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Missing two penalties against Switzerland in the first leg (0-0) as on the return (1-1), he had to go through the play-offs with his selection. The latter failed a few days ago against North Macedonia in the semi-finals (1-0) and will watch the 2022 World Cup on television. A huge failure for Jorginho who sank with his family and who struggled to recover from a complicated month of March. To do so, he was able to count on the support of Rafael Barreiros, a mental coach to get back on his feet for the rest of the season, as revealed the Daily Mail.

“It still amazes me that he finds the time. He’s very busy, just like me, but he’s so dedicated. He never misses a session and does meditation exercises for five to ten minutes every day., has also explained the Brazilian about the Chelsea player. With the status of vice-captain behind César Azpilicueta and remaining key in the team, Jorginho appears less radiant than last season despite statistics – certainly inflated by his status as a penalty taker – quite solid (9 goals and 3 offerings in 38 matches). Always regulator of the game of the Blues, Jorginho missed the London club last Saturday during the defeat against Brentford (4-1). In a crazy end to the season with the Premier League podium to keep and a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid to play for, Chelsea will need a big Jorginho. It remains to be seen whether he will have recovered from these more complicated months and this big disappointment with Italy.

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