Jorginho explains penalty rethink, hints at key Tuchel trait

Date published: Saturday 6th February 2021 9:41 - Neil Foster

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has revealed the reason why he decided to alter his penalty-taking technique in the victory over Tottenham.

The 29-year-old scored the only goal of the game as the Blues earned a vital win over their London rivals. The Brazilian-born Italy international slotted home from 12 yards on Thursday to leave Chelsea in sixth spot in the standings.

Spurs are down in eighth as problems mount for manager Jose Mourinho. Thomas Tuchel is now in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The German replaced Frank Lampard and has guided his charges to a draw and two wins to date. Next up is a trip to Bramall Lane on Sunday to face basement club Sheffield United.

Confidence seems high and they will start the match as favourites. Jorginho will hope to be in the side after his winner last time out.

The former Napoli ace usually stutters when taking a penalty. But he took a conventional run up and strike to beat Huge Lloris.

And the man with 27 Italy caps said it was all down to his mindset.

“I felt okay before the penalty,” he told the club’s official website. “I have kept working on it, kept training, so I was feeling confident.

“I changed the technique because I felt that way could be better, and it worked. You saw the result.”

Tuchel making a difference

It was always going to be tough for a new manger to replace Lampard. The former England midfielder is a legend at the west London club.

But Tuchel appears to have made a seamless transition to the dugout. Jorginho has been impressed with what he has seen so far, with the squad happy to adapt to the situation.

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“The message he is giving on what he wants is clear,” he added. “We had our minds open to understand what he wanted as quick as possible because we had no time to waste.

“When you have a group of guys that is open to new ideas, to learn, to improve, and everyone with the same target, it’s easy to work.

“This group was humble to accept what he was coming to give to us. We need to keep being humble and never thinking it is enough. We haven’t done anything.”

Following the Blades clash, Tuchel will take his troops to Oakwell on Thursday for an FA Cup fifth-round clash with Barnsley.

 

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