Jorginho Wants Maurizio Sarri to Stay at Chelsea, Talks Juventus RumoursJune 3, 2019
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has said he would "hate to see" manager Maurizio Sarri leave the club this summer amid continued speculation he is being targeted by Juventus.
Sarri steered the Blues to a third-place finish in the Premier League in 2018-19, as well as the UEFA Europa League title. However, the style of football played by the Italian left some Chelsea supporters underwhelmed and there were times when the coach received heavy criticism.
Jorginho was the first signing made by Sarri at Chelsea, with the duo having worked well together at Napoli.
The Italy international said he wants to continue working together at Stamford Bridge and commented on the potential reaction from Napoli fans if Sarri was to end up with the Turin giants, per Jonathan Spencer of the MailOnline:
"He did a good job for Chelsea. There was some criticism, but ultimately we finished third, won a cup and lost another in a final. I think it was a great season, and I'd hate to see him go.
"The Napoli fans still have him in their hearts, it's normal that they can get angry. They're passionate, they can give you everything. They could treat it as a betrayal, they're like that. We'll see what happens."
Chelsea were dominant against Arsenal in the Europa League final, as two goals from Eden Hazard inspired them to a 4-1 win in Baku (U.S. only):
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For Sarri, the trophy represented vindication at the end of a campaign where his methods have been put under major scrutiny. The arrival of Jorginho was a catalyst for the coach imprinting his style on the Blues team.
The deep-lying playmaker is at the hub of the side, as Jorginho is constantly on the ball seeking to get attacks in motion. Initially, the midfielder was a little too passive in his play for Chelsea, although late in the campaign he started to show his worth to the side.
Squawka Football summed up his influence over the season and commented on his defensive workload in the Europa League final:
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Jorginho’s 2018-19 Premier League season by numbers: 3552 touches 3119 passes attempted (most) 2783 passes completed 416 passes into the final third 274 recoveries 76 tackles 63 interceptions 30 chances created 15 take-ons completed 2 goals 0 assists #AskSquawka @Ajinkya3501 https://t.co/1gV7BNoFdR
Liam Twomey of ESPN said he thinks Jorginho's game often suffers when those around him aren't doing their jobs properly:
Jorginho may not be the flashiest of players and often his passes appear straightforward. However, as the season wore on he became more recognisable as the player who was exceptional at the San Paolo, showcasing his awareness, intelligence and vision on the ball.
If Sarri was to depart, it would be intriguing to see what effect that would have on Jorginho's game, as the player has become so accustomed to playing under the manager. However, the midfielder has shown enough in recent months to suggest he can be a hit in the Premier League beyond this term.