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Jorginho calls for proactive approach against Manchester United

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The first of three “finals” in the Premier League

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Chelsea face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, which promises to be an intense affair with a spot in the top-four on the line. Both teams will need their key players to step up.

It’s a massive fixture for the Blues, especially given our struggles away from home in 2019 — just 2 wins in 7 games, and both of those narrow one-goal margin victories against relegation bound teams, Fulham and Cardiff City. Chelsea have scored a combined 0 goals in the 5 other losses. But for Jorginho, that doesn’t mean we should be adopting a conservative approach tomorrow. Sarri may be hinting at a more pragmatic look, with Eden Hazard at center forward possibly, but Jorginho’s advocating for a proactive approach, to create as many chances as possible. After all, you can’t score the chances you don’t create, and we’re all very familiar with Chelsea’s finishing woes in the last couple seasons.

“We need to create as many goal chances as possible. That’s the only way we can score. We’ll need our strikers for the next three finals that we are due to play. It’s going to be a tough game at the Old Trafford but we will be ready, we need a win to end up fourth”.

Jorginho has come under plenty of criticism this season, rightly or not, thanks in large part to being synonymous with “Sarri-ball” and being seen almost as the coach’s “son”, getting preferential treatment. Jorginho’s certainly not a traditional “holding” midfielder, despite playing as the deepest of the three in Sarri’s 4-3-3, but he is executing the job the coach has asked of him.

“The game in Italy is more tactical, here (in England) is more physical. My duty? I need to help the team to overcome the pressing of the opponents. I am not urged to dribble two or three men and score, I need to manage the different dynamics of the game”.

—Jorginho; source: Sky Italia via Calciomercato

What better game than this one then, to dish out a classic regista performance, silence a few doubters, and, most importantly, bring home all three points!