The Blues officials failed to sign any replacement for Cesc Fabregas this January, but the Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Mateo Kovacic can play as the back-up of Jorginho. Fabregas recently joined AS Monaco from Chelsea in this January transfer window. And Chelsea had a plan to sign Leandro Paredes, but he already joined Paris Saint-Germain instead.
Maurizio Sarri, on the other hand, is now desperately looking for a midfielder to fill the void created by the departure of Cesc Fabregas. He already tried both Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu during the FA Cup campaign of Chelsea. But it seems, he is now quite satisfied with the former Real Madrid man and will soon use him as a support for Jorginho.
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While talking about a backup for Jorginho, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said “I don’t know but I have to try with our own players,” and then further added “So, I think Kovacic could be a very good option. A very good option, then we need to recover completely Loftus-Cheek, after his back problem.”
He said “Then, we can play sometimes with Kovacic as a central midfielder and then Jorginho will be able to rest. We are trying in training with two players; the first is Ampadu and the second is Kovacic. It may be that for the characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team,” and added “As you know, Ampadu is more defensive. Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball really fast at one-touch. In the future, I think he will be able to do this position well.”
He also gave the reply to Jorginho’s criticism and said, “No, Jorginho played very well.” Maurizio Sarri then explained “I put Kante on the pitch after the fourth goal because Jorginho had a little problem with his groin. This was the only reason because, in my opinion, Jorginho had a good match.”
Chelsea manager said “Jorginho needs movement without the ball from the other players, because he is used to playing one-touch and it is very difficult to play one-touch without the movement of the other players,” and added “So, if the team, like in the first 20-25 minutes, played very well with movements without the ball, then for Jorginho it is easier, I think. In the first 25 minutes, we played our football because we moved the ball very fast and very well.”