|Org||Italy National Team|
|Club as Player||Chelsea FC|
2018 11 16 Retrieve
[World Cup great Jorginho says Brazil versus Uruguay is always special] Uruguay had a very good World Cup. They have always been great rivals for Brazil. Uruguay is a small country and so they don’t turn over players as quickly as others. They end up growing together and are also very well organised after retaining their coach [Oscar Tabarez], which was very big for them.
It will certainly be a difficult game. Brazil, trying new things after the World Cup, are still finding their best team. It is always a special game, Brazil versus Uruguay.
Romario had been out of the squad up to that match, when he was finally called on and immediately made the difference. It was a great match and a very special memory
2019 01 05 Retrieve
[Jorginho on team-mate Eden Hazard] With the potential he has, if he wants, he can be the best in the world. In the new role he’s playing, he can score more goals in the position he has and he has the potential to do so
2019 01 29 Retrieve
[Jorginho says Ronaldinho made my farewell unforgettable] Having Ronaldinho there for my farewell meant as much to me as being named the best player in the world and winning a world title. Ronaldinho’s generosity, his brothership … he’s a phenomenal guy as well as being one of the greatest players to ever play football
[So, how did Ronaldinho’s beach soccer debut, which the world was told would be a 30-second cameo, end up including action aplenty] Because he’s a genius! He began playing 30 seconds, then one minute and 30 seconds, then … when a guy is a genius, he has to play. He adapted rapidly. He scored one wonder goal. Then he scored another wonder goal. He finished the game with three goals. It was wonderful for everyone at the game and watching on television.
And for me, having my idols Ronaldinho and Junior, the guy who brought me into this sport, and Claudio Adao there will stay with me forever. My wife Carla, my mother, my brother, friends who are like brothers to me – so many important people in my life. The only thing missing was my daughter, Giovanna, who is studying in the United States. I would have loved to have her there. But the rest was beyond anything I could have imagined
2019 07 24 Retrieve
[Jorginho has expressed his desire to turn the page on the Maurizio Sarri era, with Frank Lampard now in charge at Stamford Bridge] He was my manager, he wasn’t my friend. We worked together for four years but now it is another time and another page. Another time in my life. I look forward to that now. I left him but I stayed here and I look to work for our team now, at Chelsea. I have a four-year contract. I am very happy in London and to be at Chelsea. I hope to be here for a long time
[The 27-year-old says he is looking forward to the freedom that Lampard’s style of play will afford] It is new for me but I like it, I have more space to create. I am more free so I can do many things with my creativity so I like it.
[Jorginho sees himself filling the same general role that he did under Sarri: Chelsea’s quarterback in the middle of the field] I will be there to control and to organise the team. I will stay in the middle and my team-mates can go to attack. I don’t know [if I will get more goals and assists], we will see
I think we can achieve many good things
2019 08 23 Retrieve
[Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has been asked to piece together his dream five-a-side team] Okay, so my team would be as follows. We’d have no goalkeeper, because we just want to enjoy football so we will all play outfield! Then I would include myself, because it’s my team, and I’ll have Emerson and Willian in there too, my team-mates. I would also pick Radamel Falcao and Robinho to finish the side. Not bad, hey!
I was a little sad seeing people thinking I arrived here only because of [Sarri]. I arrived here because of my hard work, my day to day work, my sacrifices. It’s a challenge for me to show the fans that thanks to my work it’s why I got here. I want to take this opportunity to have a good season and also for my name to be recognised by Jorginho who plays for Chelsea, not Jorginho who only works with Sarri.
2019 09 07 Retrieve
[Jorginho believes he enjoyed a fantastic first season at Chelsea and considers life in the Premier League to have made him a better player] I think I had a fantastic first season and it was fundamental for my growth process. I am stronger in defence now, I go into challenges with more determination and control the game. The Premier League has forced me to develop different skills. [Italy coach] Roberto Mancini is putting his faith in me for the Nazionale and I am trying to prove on the field that I deserve that. I think more than anything I just have the characteristics to suit his idea of football. I’d love to score a goal [against Finland on Sunday], but I’d be even happier if we came away with three points
[Norwich striker Teemu Pukki will likely pose the biggest threat to the Azzurri] He is their most important player, but we should keep a close eye on all of them. Finland are not a surprise, as the quality of their players is evident and they work as a team. Pukki has a bit of everything, which makes him a complete striker. He times his runs well, is very intelligent in his positioning, runs hard, presses opponents and never stops moving. He protects the ball, can provide assists, he really is dangerous. It’s no coincidence that he’s the current Premier League top scorer
2019 09 09 Retrieve
[Jorginho has already refuted any suggestion that he needs to work with Sarri in order to be at his best. He claims to be enjoying life at Chelsea and believes a spell in the Premier League has already made him a better player] I think I had a fantastic first season and it was fundamental for my growth process. I am stronger in defence now, I go into challenges with more determination and control the game. The Premier League has forced me to develop different skills
[While looking to make the most of his time in England, Jorginho is still keeping a close eye on events back in Italy – particularly those involving his former employers in Naples] On August 31, I was in London and watched Juventus 4-3 Napoli. It’s tough to lose like that, but I can see a more competitive Napoli side this season
2019 09 28 Retrieve
[Frank Lampard has declared the penalty-taking debate at Chelsea to be over, with Jorginho handed the responsibility after converting in a 2-0 win over Brighton] When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty. Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties. I didn’t score the goal but I felt confident. If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take the pen. You can miss penalties
2019 09 30 Retrieve
[Jorginho says Chelsea can’t have 24 shots and only score two goals] It is important because we needed to create a lot [to score against Brighton], but I think we need to be better because we can’t create how we did and score just two goals. These [Champions League] games, you can’t make a mistake because every team is very good. They [opponents] can create just one chance and can score. So we need to be more strong with our mentality to defend
The Champions League is very difficult, but we are ready to go everywhere to try to win
2019 11 06 Retrieve
[Jorginho wants Serie A to take a broader look at the issue of racism beyond just penalising Hellas Verona following the abuse Mario Balotelli suffered at the weekend] I am really sorry, because these things shouldn’t happen - neither in football nor in the world. Unfortunately, they happen and I am really sorry. I’d like to send my affection to Mario, who doesn’t deserve this. And if I may, I’d like to ask not to do things like this, because it really hurts these people and it should never happen.
Unfortunately, it happened, but I don’t think this happened only in Verona. It’s happening everywhere. Therefore, I think we shouldn’t penalise or point the finger only on Verona, we should take a broader look, because it didn’t happen only in Verona. Yes, they made a mistake and it is true that it’s not the first time, but how many times [has] it happened in other cities as well? It shouldn’t happen, I repeat, and I am really sorry, but we have to take a broader look to all the cities where it happened and not only to Verona
2019 11 15 Retrieve
[Jorginho happy to have silenced Chelsea critics and be viewed in a different light] I absolutely have noticed that change. That’s why I’m so happy. I’m happy they are seeing me in a different light and they’re seeing the complete player that I am, so actually that’s really cool right now and it’s a really great moment to be playing.
It’s really rewarding because it’s great to be feeling acknowledged for the work you’re putting in, so I couldn’t be happier with things at the moment. It’s just great that I can see the fans looking at who I am, Jorginho the player, and at the same time I’m really happy to look at them and see their reaction and feel their support
[Despite having just one season of experience in England under his belt, Jorginho has become part of the leadership group at Chelsea] I’m really enjoying it. I feel I’m able to take on this new sort of responsibility and really help my team-mates. That’s something new for me in my career, but it’s not something that’s changed for me as a person.
I don’t think it’s anything I’ve changed, it’s always been like that for me on the pitch and perhaps people are noticing it more, but for me it’s always been that way. When I’m out there I always want to help my team-mates
2019 11 30 Retrieve
[Jorginho has praised Frank Lampard for giving his Chelsea players the freedom to express themselves on the pitch at the start of the season] We are playing forward more and playing quicker as well. My role is not very different from last season but as a team, we are playing a different way, playing forward more, basically, and not just with short passes. We run more and maybe we create more chances so that’s the difference. Frank lets us play more to our abilities and he wants us to play how we feel on the pitch. It’s not just ‘do this, do that’ so we have the freedom to do more by ourselves
[Ahead of a crucial home clash with West Ham on Saturday, Jorginho added on his increased responsibilities in the attack] It’s very important for us midfielders to score goals and Frank keeps asking us to get into the box. He keeps pushing us to do that, which is a good thing for us and for the team because the more players that can score is better for our team
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Ancelotti is a three-time Champions League winner as a coach and boasts league titles in Italy, Germany, France and England] I didn’t know about it. I’m really sorry. I never met him but I heard a lot of good things about him from my former team-mates. They told me he is a great man and manager. I’m sorry for everything that is happening in Napoli. It’s a difficult moment for them. I hope that they will be back at the top as they were for years until this bad moment. I’m really surprised. I was not expecting Napoli [to have] trouble and I’m sorry, because I’ll always love Napoli
2019 12 29 Retrieve
[Jorginho rejects red card claims after scoring equaliser at Arsenal] In this first 10 minutes we were too soft so I was told to push my mates. I think we changed the game
[Jorginho, though, felt the referee made the correct decision, saying] It was not my fault. Contact in football is normal. It was a foul but no more I think
2019 12 30 Retrieve
[Jorginho has called on his Chelsea team-mates to rediscover their aggression after overcoming a poor first half to win 2-1 away at Arsenal] I think when you play for Chelsea, we talk a lot about ‘young, young, young, young’ but we are in the middle of the season and every player has to take responsibility. Not just the older players. Of course, the younger players need more help but youth is not an excuse, you just have to be ready, prepared for the game, prepared to fight, because you are playing for Chelsea in the Premier League and that’s it.
[Beating Arsenal] was very important for us. It’s quite hard to win away, especially when it’s a derby, and the feeling is crazy. But now we need to change our mindset and win at home as well because we are losing too many points. I tried to push my mates [when I came on]. We were a bit soft at the beginning and I tried to change [that] because we needed to change our mindset. We were not fighting enough. I don’t know why. Sometimes it can happen.
Sometimes you go on the pitch and you are not right and, when you want to change because you realise you are not fighting enough, it’s hard. Today we could change that but sometimes we can’t so maybe we need to prepare ourselves better. I think what’s important is that all the players talk and help. Today I came on from the bench and could help my mates. The most important thing is the result because we worked a lot and I think honestly we deserved it.
[Many of these defeats have been at home, with the Blues boasting better away form] You know you have to fight. Sometimes you go on the pitch and play a bit soft at home, I think is what we have to change. Sometimes we play against teams that don’t want to play, just defend and make counter-attacks, and it’s harder to find space. We need to work hard to break that. I think you should push and break the lines, run more behind the lines. Sometimes we don’t do that, we want to play just ball into feet, and maybe we could change that. Again, it’s mentality
[Jorginho said of being appointed as the vice-captain by Lampard] I’m happy but the most important [thing] is the team. If he thinks that’s the best for the team, I’m happy. But I’m not changing myself. I’ll be the same guy, I try to help and when I joke, I joke a lot and when we have to work hard, we have to work and I do that
2020 01 21 Retrieve
[Jorginho laments two points dropped after his side could only draw 10-man Arsenal 2-2 on Tuesday night] We feel like we lost the game. We had the game in our hands then in the last second conceded a goal when we shouldn’t. It’s hard. We need to move forward. I don’t think it’s confidence because we played well and were controlling the game. Something about concentration maybe. In these kind of games, you lose in moments. We made mistakes. That is it. These big games are like these. You can win and lose the game in the details
2020 02 26 Retrieve
[Jorginho admits that Chelsea were taught a lesson by Bayern Munich in their 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge] It is very difficult to say anything right now because it was a difficult game and we just saw a big team. So, we know we have a lot to improve and they showed so many things to us that we can learn from our mistakes and from them as well. They were really, really good and we couldn’t press very well. I think we were not compact on the pitch and not pressing as a team. So that made them confident with the ball and they could play easily
At this level, if you concede a chance, they can kill you and when you create you have to score, even if you are playing worse than the other team because then things can change. We had a big team against us. I think they are playing to win the Champions League, honestly, because they are confident on the ball, tactically they are very good. The result tells you everything
I would like to be able to play the second game to help my team-mates, but unfortunately I can’t so I support them from home
It is really tough for the changing room, for us, but we have the other competitions and we still have another game. Anything can happen because, in football, you never know. We just have to believe in ourselves, don’t put our heads down. We need to keep working, keep pushing, because we are a good team. We need to believe, work hard and be together
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Jorginho considered leaving Chelsea amid difficult first season] Last year, fans were picking on me a lot because I’d arrived with another manager and, in my opinion, I ended up hearing some things that were honestly unfair. But I’ve never challenged the views of the fans and other people who criticised me. Quite the opposite, actually – it gave me strength because inside I knew they were wrong
Deep in my mind, it was like this: ‘I’m going to prove they’re wrong and work quietly like I’ve always done, because it’s never been easy for me’.
[Jorginho has confessed that he considered following Sarri out the door] I’ve gone through moments like this at every club I’ve played for – this low moment when doubt can come and make you wonder, ‘Should I just leave this place? Maybe there isn’t room for me here’. But I embrace this kind of challenge and I’ve never backed down. It gives me more strength to work even harder, to prove to everyone that I can make it.
I thank him for the sincerity he showed towards me in public. He didn’t have to do that, and not every manager does it. He’s a legend inside the club, so people listen to what he says
2020 05 21 Retrieve
[Jorginho opens door for possible Juventus move] Last year, fans were picking on me a lot because I’d arrived with another manager and, in my opinion, I ended up hearing some things that were honestly unfair. But I’ve never challenged the views of the fans and other people who criticised me. Quite the opposite, actually – it gave me strength because inside I knew they were wrong. Deep in my mind, it was like this: ‘I’m going to prove they’re wrong and work quietly like I’ve always done, because it’s never been easy for me’. I’ve gone through moments like this at every club I’ve played for – this low moment when doubt can come and make you wonder, ‘Should I just leave this place? Maybe there isn’t room for me here’. But I embrace this kind of challenge and I’ve never backed down. It gives me more strength to work even harder, to prove to everyone that I can make it