Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel gave Jorginho a new name ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday night.
Tuchel called Jorginho a “very strategic player”, adding that the Italy international has a good sense of rhythm.
The German said the 29-year-old midfielder is relentless in defense, very well organized in his game and wants to be everywhere on the pitch.
Jorginho won Euro 2020 with Italy and the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.
He was named one of three nominees for UEFA’s Male Player of the Year award alongside teammates N’Golo Kante and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
“I think Jorgi [Jorginho] is a very strategic player, ”Tuchel said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Sunday night.
“He can play ahead, knows what to do with the ball, can imagine what will happen in a pass or two ahead.
“He knows where to help in short and long distances, when to change games, when not to change games. He has a good sense of rhythm.
“He lacks, if you put him apart or look at him separately, the sheer physical ability that makes him the number one contender to be number six in the Premier League.
“But once you have him in a structure, he is very well organized in his game, he organizes the whole environment around him, which then helps him, when everything is organized, and then he can show his true ability to control the pace of a game.
“He’s relentless in defense. He wants to be everywhere on the field, he has a huge ability to run a lot. Maybe he lacks high speeds, but he made up for it with a lot of pace and with very good anticipation in his defensive work.
“On top of all that, he’s a great guy. He’s funny, he has a big smile on his face everyday. You can chat with him, you can laugh with him every day, because he is ready to laugh, to have a good life.
“He’s in love with this game and that’s the feeling he carries in the first minute and he never stops conveying that energy that he’s really into the game and thinks about the tactics and loves being involved and feeling. a real connection to the game and such a positive guy.
“It makes him a very, very important player and a huge connection in the midfield, not only for us but also for Italy.
“I am very happy that guys like him like [N’Golo] Kanté and [Kevin] De Bruyne – and it will have a huge effect on guys like Mateo Kovacic – for people to understand the importance of these characters and what they do.
“That sometimes they don’t shine, but they make other people shine and that’s also important for any team in the world.”