Jorginho replies his critics, says he’s ‘underappreciated’ at Chelsea

April 17th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Jorginho has expressed his dismay at the way some Chelsea fans criticized him, feeling ‘underappreciated’ since his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

He has been at Stamford Bridge for three years now, yet continues to be lambasted by a section of the local fans.

“I received a lot of criticism and I can accept that. Everybody has an opinion and I don’t always agree but I can respect it,” he told the Daily Mail.

“It motivates me to work harder and do better and keep proving they are wrong. Sometimes I do feel unappreciated but I don’t get disappointed. This is a great moment for me — a great moment for the team — but we can’t get too comfortable. We must be humble and keep pushing.”

Things seem to be improving for Jorginho after the arrival of Tuchel at Chelsea after Frank Lampard had replaced his mentor Maurizio Sarri.

“He understood my characteristics. The way to play with short passes when we need short passes and long balls when we need long balls.”

Jorginho spoke of being inspired by his mother, Maria Tereza Freitas, who was a successful amateur football player.

“My dad is always angry when I say this in interviews. Normally, you inherit this sort of thing from your dad but my dad was bad at football, he played as a goalkeeper, no good on the pitch. My mum was the talented one but my dad helped me in other ways.

“He prepared me mentally and talked a lot about a career in football, told me what to expect and how hard it would be.”

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