Chelsea’s latest undroppable puts transfer rumours to bed after sensational summer

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While it was heartbreak at the EURO 2020 final for Chelsea trio Mason Mount, Reece James and Ben Chilwell, there was glory for Chelsea duo Jorginho and Emerson as Italy prevailed over England at Wembley.

Italy took the Euros trophy back to Rome after beating England in a penalty shootout as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed from the spot with the Three Lions going down 3-2 on penalties after it ended 1-1 after extra time.

Emerson played 118 minutes at Wembley – more than his entire Premier League tally of minutes for last season – in the winning effort. Jorginho, who fought through what looked like a knee injury late in the first half, missed in the shootout but capped his excellent tournament with another piece of silverware.

The Italian “professor” became just the tenth player in history to hold both the Champions League trophy and European Championship title after what has been a stunning 2021 for the midfielder.

Jorginho was a player who looked on his way out of the club while Frank Lampard was in charge at Stamford Bridge. He had started 11 of the first 20 games of the season so was by no means out of favour but constant rumours surrounded his future.

That wasn’t helped by the player’s agent constantly touting Jorginho’s services elsewhere, especially with a return to Italy.

But under Thomas Tuchel, Jorginho has enjoyed a real purple patch in the last seven months for club and country.

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He played in all but two of Tuchel’s matches in the Premier League last season and started all but one of Chelsea’s games en route to Champions League glory, missing only the second leg win over Atletico Madrid in the last 16 through suspension alongside Mason Mount and Thiago Silva.

His performances in Europe were deeply impressive, where the Italian gets a second more on the ball to dictate the game and he had opponents on strings.

He did again on Sunday night despite England’s breathless start, taking the lead through Luke Shaw inside two minutes. While the Three Lions couldn’t put the hammer down in the opening 20 minutes, Jorginho took over thereafter.

Was he lucky to remain on the pitch after his somewhat hefty challenge on Jack Grealish? Perhaps.

But, like we have become accustomed to in 2021, Jorginho conducted the orchestra of his teammates to a tune.

The numbers for the Euros speak for themselves – no player has ever made more interceptions in a tournament than the Italian did over the past four weeks – 25.

A lot is made, rightly, of N’Golo Kante’s workrate and interceptions in the blue of Chelsea as the Frenchman put in imperious performance after imperious performance in the Champions League and latter stages of the Premier League.

But Jorginho’s importance to Tuchel’s team cannot be underestimated. The Italian is almost a shoo-in for the opening game of the season against Crystal Palace if he is suitably rested after his extensions over the past month.

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It has probably put to bed any talk of a transfer away from Stamford Bridge, too.

Former England coach Fabio Capello said of Jorginho: “He’s Mancini’s main man,” to Corriere dello Sport.

“He was a player who didn’t convince me completely.

“But in the matches I saw him live, I watched him carefully, and he is a midfielder who knows how to stay on the field and direct the team.

“The fact that Italy didn’t concede many goals is due to his ability to intervene at the right time in the actions of the opponents.”

The midfielder said himself as he basked in the adulation of his country following Italy’s win at Wembley: “It has been a long way. To have this feeling is just amazing. It was a dream and I always tried to follow my dream.

“I just try to do the best I could to make my family proud.

“I had difficult moments but I never gave up. All these feelings now, it’s for them, not just for me.”

Jorginho might want to deflect some of the credit away from him but after his displays over the past six months for club and country, he’s earned the right to drink it all in.

Source by Football London

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