We’re probably lucky that despite this ever-changing (and ever-faster-changing) world in which we’re living, that often just makes you give in and cry, Jorginho appears to subscribe to the notion of live and let live, rather than live and let die.
As the torrent of (largely unwarranted) abuse rained down on his head, both in person and online, as Chelsea’s form became increasingly laughable through the winter months, Jorginho redoubled his efforts to prove himself to the mob and change the fans’ perceptions. And sure enough, over the past week, he’s put in increasingly excellent performances, against Manchester City, Spurs, and lastly, Fulham, where he even scored the winning goal, his first for Chelsea from open play.
It’s not quite an “Are you not entertained?!” moment, though the way the narrative has quickly shifted around him, it certainly would not be out of place on the sands of the Colosseum (or the pantomime of, say, the WWE).
To further underline his intentions to do well in his new surroundings, Jorginho also unveiled his new language skills on Sunday, stopping by to talk to Chelsea TV, in his first English-language post-match interview. It may not be the most in-depth interview you’ll ever see, even by the usual post-match interview standards — the three points were very important (and we need more of them), “very happy” with goal but even more so with the win, Kepa a “great player”, etc. — but it’s the intent that truly counts here.
Well done, Jorginho!