Maurizio Sarri’s dependence on Jorginho has ruffled members of the Chelsea dressing-room, according to a report in the Telegraph.
New revelations supposedly point to the first signs of unrest in the Chelsea squad, some of whom have come to see play-maker Jorginho as a bit of a ‘teacher’s pet’.
The Italian international was signed by the Blues for £57 million from Sarri’s former side Napoli in the summer to help the new manager incorporate his style of play, but, despite a good start to season, the team have thus far failed to adapt, leading some players to apparently scapegoat Jorginho.
“There is a belief inside the dressing-room that the Italian’s approach is too dependent on summer signing Jorginho and that opposition teams have worked them out,” Matt Law writes in the Telegraph.
“Despite the fact his talent is widely recognised, Jorginho is in danger of becoming viewed as something of a teacher’s pet to Sarri, such is the 60-year-old’s obsession with him.”
Sarri got the Chelsea job on the back of the stirring football he implemented at Serie A side Napoli, where he and Jorginho formed a successful relationship, but it has not gone so smoothly in the Premier League up to now.
“Sarri successfully based his approach around the Italy international at Napoli, but the tactic has become too easy for Premier League opponents to pick apart.
“Following the defeat at Arsenal, Sarri insisted that he would not change and that he would continue to teach his way of playing football. He has also claimed that he will not alter the formation until his players can operate at 100 per cent in his 4-3-3.
“Chelsea owner Abramovich talked tactics with Sarri before appointing him and is acutely aware of his philosophy, but he will expect the Premier League campaign to get back on track against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
“The fact Sarri has admitted that his players are yet to even pick up the basics of his Sarriball methods would suggest that he could run out of time if he continues to stick stubbornly to his Plan A.”