Manchester City’s analyst Carles Planchart has revealed how Pep Guardiola’s side exploited Jorginho when they faced Chelsea earlier this season.
Maurizio Sarri made Jorginho his first signing for Chelsea as the Italy international joined from Napoli in a £57 million deal last summer.
But Jorginho has been criticised for his performances this season while Sarri’s decision to play the 27-year-old ahead of N’Golo Kante at the base of Chelsea’s midfield has been widely questioned.
Chelsea lost 2-0 to City in the Community Shield last August and Planchart, who has worked closely with Guardiola at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has revealed how his team capitalised on one of Jorginho’s main flaws during the game.
During his presentation at Congress of Performance Analysis in Madrid last month, Planchart explained how City picked up on Jorginho’s habit of ‘jumping’ from his deeper position in Chelsea’s midfield to close down an opponent.
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But Jorginho’s decision to venture further forward left a huge gap at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield which City were able to exploit with just one pass through the middle to Bernardo Silva.
Suddenly, City’s four-man attack, which was led by Phil Foden, were at Chelsea’s back-four and the 18-year-old midfielder offloaded the ball to Sergio Aguero, who fired low past Willy Caballero to open the scoring.