It was all going so smoothly for Chelsea. 2-0 up at home to Sheffield United at half-time, Frank Lampard surely wouldn’t have asked for much more from his side heading into the second 45.
What he surely would have said, though, is something along the lines of “keep it tight defensively” and “don’t allow them a route back into the game”.
In fact, he practically did. “I was clear with the players at half-time that this can either be 3-0, and okay then this could be nice, or a potential 2-2 on our hands and the disappointing fact is the first goal as much as anything because that allowed it to happen,” Lampard was quoted as saying by the club’s official website after the game.
Callum Robinson pulled one back for the visitors right after the restart, which ensured a nervy 44 minutes remained for Chelsea, who are yet to convincingly win a match this season having lost one, drawn one and narrowly beaten Norwich prior to Saturday’s clash against the Blades.
And then it happened. With just a minute of the 90 left to play, Sheffield United had their leveller courtesy of an own goal from Kurt Zouma.
For all that was disappointing about Chelsea’s second-half collapse on Saturday, though, there were still a few positives to take. Tammy Abraham continued his good form by scoring another brace – his second in as many weeks – while the performance of Jorginho in the centre of midfield was also impressive.
The 27-year-old regularly took slack by Chelsea fans last term under Maurizio Sarri – something Lampard touched on – but has this season started the campaign well. In his four appearances for the west Londoners, the ex-Napoli man has so far averaged 2.8 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per game, alongside registering a highly impressive 83.2% pass completion rate (WhoScored)
On Saturday, he was again quietly impressive, making four tackles, two interceptions and three clearances alongside Mateo Kovacic in the Blues midfield. WhoScored rated his overall performance a 7.26/10, while Frank Lampard said that he believes the Italian can “own a game from midfield” following his performance against Norwich last Saturday. Strong words.
Surely if Jorginho can maintain this level of form, then there is nothing to say that in the future he couldn’t become one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders if not that already.
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