‘Jorginho can’t run, can’t defend & has no assists’
Rio Ferdinand singled out Chelsea midfielder Jorginho for savage criticism after the Blues went down to Arsenal’s in Saturday’s Champions League six-pointer. Maurizio Sarri’s men could have extended their lead over the Gunners to nine points with victory at the Emirates Stadium. Instead, the current occupants of the all-important fourth Champions League spot saw their advantage cut to three as they went down 2-0 in a disappointing performance . Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring early on, before Laurent Koscielny hit the second with a deflected finish towards the end of half-time. Chelsea’s attacking deficiencies, meanwhile, were again exposed as they mustered a solitary shot on target at Bernd Leno over the 90 minutes. Blues fans will be hoping the imminent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain bolsters the side on that front – but Ferdinand believes their woes start further down the pitch. “Jorginho is someone who sets the tempo of the game. You get the ball to him through the middle third of the pitch, he’s very good,” he fired to BT Sport. “How many assists has he got this season? Around 2000 passes, no assists.❌ No assists❌ Can’t run❌ Not a great defender @rioferdy5 doesn’t hold back when talking about Chelsea’s Jorginho… pic.twitter.com/VSNwMgAIAa — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 19 de enero de 2019 “He’s not a great defender. Once again, in a game like this against a big team, he gets overrun in midfield.“He can’t run.“So, he doesn’t give you anything defensively, and he doesn’t give you anything at the other end of the pitch.”Chelsea will have the chance to bounce back in two successive cup ties, as their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg at home to Tottenham (where they will try to overturn a one-goal deficit) is followed by an FA Cup date against Sheffield Wednesday. The Blues are back in action in the Premier League on January 30 away to Bournemouth, where with both Arsenal and Manchester United both breathing down their neck only win will be sufficient to keep their Champions League hopes on track. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.