A little over two months ago, Chelsea finally got the ball rolling on the summer, gazumping Manchester City for Jorginho while bringing in his coach at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri as well. That double-swoop has drastically changed the complexion of the club, on and off the pitch, while having the added benefit of leaving Pep Guardiola fuming.
One month into the new season, the early returns have been nothing but positive. Sarri’s style is getting results even at this learning stage; meanwhile Jorginho is already rewriting the Chelsea record books for passing numbers. Not many expected such a smooth adjustment for either, even if the Blues have gotten lucky at times and and there is plenty of room left to improve.
“My transfer to Chelsea was the choice made by [all] sides. We agreed for my good and that of the two clubs.
“Sarri was important to me, he has his habits and is working to change things, but he’s doing well and the results speak for that.”
Jorginho had spoken before of the role Sarri played in his decision to choose Chelsea, but even without that twist, he was heading to play in the Premier League anyway. It was the logical conclusion to the (literal) journey he began back in his native Brazil all those years ago.
Now at 26 and ostensible in or near his prime, the decision is paying off and he’s enjoying the “beautiful” new league and the world class facilities at Cobham.
“There’s a difference in the rhythm and physicality in the Premier League, I’m getting along well. I like it, the games are played at a high tempo. The Premier League is beautiful.”
“The differences between the Premier League and Serie A? You have to experience it to understand, there’s a training centre with 38 football pitches [at Chelsea] and I think even that tells you a lot.”
Jorginho did spent over ten years in Italy during his formative years, and that certainly has left a lifelong connection in his heart. One day, he will return, as many do.
“Serie A is still a beautiful and exciting league though, one that is followed all over the world. Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has been even more beneficial, and I hope I can go back one day.”
“As for Naples, a place like that is beautiful. I miss the sun, the food, my friends and the warmth of the people. I spent some wonderful years at Napoli and I’ll always be in love with that team.”
-Jorginho; source: Football Italia
For now however, it is time to write a new story in a new country. The first chapters have been very promising.