Saturday, April 10, 2021

Chelsea news: Jorginho explains ‘very good’ midfield relationship’ with Mateo Kovacic

Chelsea news: Jorginho explains 'very good' midfield relationship' with Mateo Kovacic

Jorginho has been a regular starter under Tuchel (Picture: Getty Images)

Jorginho says he finds it ‘easy’ playing alongside Mateo Kovacic in Chelsea’s midfield and feels he has a ‘very good relationship’ on the pitch with his team-mate.

The duo have been new Blues boss Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice pairing in the middle of the park so far as N’Golo Kante continues to return to full fitness following a hamstring injury.

Jorginho and Kovacic have started in five of Tuchel’s first six Premier League games in charge and also lined up together in midweek as Chelsea recorded a 1-0 victory against Atletico Madrid in the ‘away’ leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Bucharest.

Kovacic and Jorginho has been Tuchel’s first-choice pairing in midfield (Picture: Getty Images)

Italy international Jorginho has talked up their partnership in midfield and feels he and Kovacic dovetail so well due to the fact that they are both on the same wavelength.

‘I have a very good relationship with him because we think the same way about football, we understand each other,’ Jorginho told Chelsea’s official website.

‘We know what we want to do, what each other wants to do, so I find it quite easy playing with him because we think the same way.

‘We know who needs to be in that position in that moment so we leave space for each other in the right moment. We cover each other’s backs, we understand when we need to be close to each other and when we don’t.

‘That’s what I was saying when I said we understand each other and think the same way, we understand the right moment to close the space or find a one-two or just to give space for him to drive the ball, because he has the ability to do that.

‘I know when he needs that space to drive forward or when he’s a bit in trouble and needs help.’

Chelsea head into their home clash against second-placed Manchester United on Sunday just two points shy of the top four, and still unbeaten in all competitions under Tuchel.

The German boss has solidified the Blues defence since his arrival at Stamford Bridge at the end of January, and Jorginho thinks a resolute backline is a good foundation for them to build upon.

‘Playing every game is very motivating, but when you have a big game like this it’s even more so.

‘It will be a tough game, against a very hard opponent, it will not be easy.

‘I think the best way is always to defend well because when you defend well and don’t concede, then you can create chances because of the qualities of the group.

‘We need to keep defending very well and then try to score when we have a chance.’

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