Chelsea have already qualified for the Champions League Round of 16, but Vice-captain Jorginho wants the team to come out without any complacency against Sevilla in order to nail down a top place finish in the group and (likely) a more favourable matchup in the knockout round.
“We have big respect for them because they are very organised. We will need to press well and it will be a game for details because it’s a high level of football. It’s a big opportunity for us to try to win the group. We know finishing on top is a big thing so we’re going to try to win the game to do that.”
Jorginho has started just one of Chelsea’s last four games in all competitions, but he’s set to be restored tonight, alongside several others in his situation.
Our summer spending spree has resulted in significant improvements in quality, depth, and competitive spirit across most positions. While this makes the manager's job difficult, to keep all players happy, so far he’s managed to navigate these dangerous waters without truly upsetting anyone. It certainly helps to have solid professionals like Olivier Giroud ... or Jorginho himself around.
“Everyone loves [Giroud] because he’s such a nice guy and he deserves it. I was so happy for Oli because of the person he is, the way he works every single day with a smile. He brings so much to our group, not just on the pitch but in the changing room as well so when I saw the ball going in, I was just so happy. That’s football and that’s why I love it. You never know what’s going to happen and in that moment it was an amazing feeling.”
"It’s a big squad so we can make changes and keep the level of the team high. That’s a good thing for us. Competition is good because it makes the level of training higher and means we have to work even harder to have a chance to play. Everyone wants to play but the most important thing is that we try to win and that we are winning. When the call comes, I’m working hard to be prepared for that."
-Jorginho; source: Chelsea FC
Jorginho & Co will certainly have their work cut out for them tonight against the defending Europa League champions, who battled to a scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge earlier. Eyes on the top position prize!