Maurizio Sarri has discussed his decision to substitute midfielder Jorginho during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Sunday.
The £57m signing has come in for plenty of criticism during his debut season in English football, with Sarri’s loyalty to the player being questioned after the Italian brought him with him from Napoli in the summer.
However, with Chelsea 1-0 down at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Sarri replaced the 27-year-old with Brazilian winger Willian in the 72 minute, and speaking after the game, the Blues boss revealed why he hooked the midfielder.
“Jorginho, if the other players don’t move without the ball, is in trouble,” Sarri told his pre-match press conference.
“He is able to play it one-touch, but you need movement from the other players. In the last 20 minutes, Jorginho is not suitable for 4-2-3-1, so it was only a consequence of the change of the system.
“We [brought on] Loftus-Cheek because in my opinion we needed a more physical impact in the opposition box. Then Hudson-Odoi because it was impossible to change our match, so it was really very important to have a player very able in one against one.
“Then at the end we changed the system for the first time to a 4-2-3-1. It’s not easy of course, the problem wasn’t the system but our way of playing. We need to move the ball faster. We cannot play with five or six touches, it’s very difficult to score. For the first time we were playing against a team who didn’t want to play. They didn’t counter-attack in the last 30 minutes so we had to try.”