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Football: Stop Jorginho and you can stop the Blues

If Jorginho, as the face of Sarri's Chelsea, is perhaps the most transformative player in this season's Premier League, he offers two clashes of styles, with teammate and opponent, each a more conventional defensive midfielder.
If Jorginho, as the face of Sarri's Chelsea, is perhaps the most transformative player in this season's Premier League, he offers two clashes of styles, with teammate and opponent, each a more conventional defensive midfielder.PHOTO: REUTERS

Focus on Italian means Kante has to adjust but Fernandinho provides more value to City

Call it the domino effect. One move can lead to many more. If Chelsea had not gone for Maurizio Sarri, N'Golo Kante might be anchoring their midfield today. Until Chelsea appointed the Italian, Manchester City were confident of signing Jorginho from Napoli.

Instead of rivalling Fernandinho for a place, he is his opposite number. If Jorginho, as the face of Sarri's Chelsea, is perhaps the most transformative player in this season's Premier League, he offers two clashes of styles, with teammate and opponent, each a more conventional defensive midfielder.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2018, with the headline 'Stop Jorginho and you can stop Blues'. Print Edition | Subscribe