Date: 24th December 2018 at 10:40am
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A damn decent article submitted by Navid Deen

I watch every game from the stands and it is obvious that the Jorginho role has been sussed out by the opposition.

Just as Conte would not recognise that most of the goals against us were coming from our left-hand side, it seems that Sarri is turning a blind eye to that situation too.

It might be worth a statistical analysis of goals conceded through our weaker left-hand side but it really is not needed. And it is notable that Deli Alli scores against us regularly because he hangs back behind Azpiliqueta until Ericson crosses the ball and Alli takes a run from behind Azpliqueta and beats him to the ball.

Tottenham were the team to stop our unbeaten record under Conte in our league winning season and this year again they beat us a couple of weeks ago using Alli to simply step on Jorginho.

If you recall, Son beating Jorginho, Mata beating Luiz to the ball to set up a goal against us or the Wolves goal or Jamie Vardy’s goal, all stem from a break on our left-hand side.

Alonso is targeted by the opposition because he is the slower defender, is always out of position, nearly always misses the tackle and never prevents a cross coming in. It’s not his fault but he is the weakest link.

We then have Hazard in front of Alonso and he is expected to do most of the creative work. However, if on occasions he loses the ball, there is Kovacic, Jorginho and Alonso (assuming they are in their defensive phase positions) to prevent the counter-attack. Hardly the most fearsome looking defence is it? Ballack, Essien and Cole where are you?

I have suggested that Azpiliqueta be moved to the left back position (he’s a better defender at left back) or play Emerson. If Emerson is chosen and Azpiliqueta stays in his right back position (hopefully Reece James will take over from him soon) then Ampadu can play central right close to Azpi. I have also suggested that Rudigar plays central left alongside Emerson as they used to play together at Roma.

And this rationale leads me to my main question.

Jorginho’s role has been worked out and so Luiz has become more and more influential in the distribution of the ball. Whilst I accept that Jorginho knows Sarri’s system better, I do not believe that Jorginho is more technical than Luiz and the latter definitely has a greater passing range. Oh, and he can defend better too so a better option to defend against counter attacks.

So why not play Luiz in the “Registra” role with Kante to his left looking after the left side of the pitch instead of Kovacic. Then Barkley could switch to the right of Luiz. Barkley is more likely to take a shot at goal.

I would play RLC up front simply because he is bigger, stronger and faster than both Morata and Giroud. I would have Hazard on the left of RLC doing whatever he wants.

And to court even more controversy, I would have Hudson-Odoi on the right to use the exuberance of youth. He’ll make some mistakes but who cares? The boy is going to be a star.

I hope that I have made some valid points and opened up a valid debate. I have no objections to constructive criticisms.


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6 Replies to “What Does Jorginho Do That David Luiz Can’t?”

  • I too agree that upfront we use hazard, RLC & odoi it may have a devastating effect on the opposition with such great attacking speed.

  • Very good article. I still don’t understand why successive coaches refuse to see David Liuz would be a superb option in the regista role. He may have his brain fart moments and may not be able to do that one touch passing thing Jorginho is famed for but he would certainly do a passable job in that role and would be a far better defender and screen to the defense than Jorginho. Last season Alonso was undroppable because of the critical goals he plundered for us but this season the goals have dried up, his vunerabilty exposed and even the last two or three games he seems to have forgotten how to make simple passes. I change in the team is necessary now. Christensen and Rudiger behind Luiz or Kante won’t be bad and Emerson as LB. With either Luis or Kante in the DM/ Regista role, we can afford to play both RLc and Barkley upfront with Hazard and Pedro on wings or Willian. We should also stop the false nine thing until we have better finisher upfront and play Giroud

  • I would love Chelsea to play that way. Then, I would love to come in here and read all the bile after the game. This site is done and I am so sad about it. Been my nr.1 Chelsea go to site for years.. oh well

  • Armchair managers….aka chelsea fans….Try be the next chelsea coach and put your ass on that hot seat….lets see….easier said than done….can luiz play there? yes….but if the need arises….remove jorginho and play luiz?God forbid!…Luiz is spraying that long pass cos he has time on the ball as the ball playing defender…..did you watch watford game? jorginho made space for luiz to advance into the midfield, luiz took the ball,went in front of a watford player and was expecting a foul from him,he fell and lost the ball,the ref gave nothing,then they presure the defence….thats typical luiz,….Sarri thank you for leaving him at the defence for now…..jorginho is a good player,i can see it…..its only in chelsea….managers become shit in few months….new players become shit all their career in the first season…soon the gloryhunters who call themselves fans will start blaming every one but themselves….

    • wissy Zube

      Many thanks for your comments.

      I have supported my beloved Chelsea since 1965 so not sure where the “aka Chelsea fans” comes into it. I am not and do not profess to be a qualified football manager but I have courtesy and respect for everyone’s opinion. And I physically go to matches every other week so I see what I see. I am certainly not an “armchair manager”. You have made your opinion clear for all to read and I will respect it. However, I do not agree with it at all and that is my opinion. I will not resort to personal attacks or the need to use foul language.

      I do not believe that I have criticised Jorginho but merely pointed out that his role has been sussed out by opposing teams. I then suggested that Luiz could replace him. And if this were to happen on occasions as you suggest, would it be a bad thing? What I have said is that there are technical players within the Chelsea squad that can play the role. Fabregas for example is a better passer than most players in the team. He has better vision too but he is now slow and struggles with the pace. This is not a criticism of Fabregas it is understanding reality.

      My article spends most of the time explaining why Alonso is the weakest link and then the need to strengthen our defensive phase. Luiz comes into the equation as the better defender if it was a comparison between Jorginho and Luiz.

      Opinions can differ but our common love of our Chelsea should unite us.


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