How Everton silenced Chelsea's Jorginho

By Daily Sports on November 13, 2018

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Chelsea endured a frustrating Sunday afternoon home draw against a brave and tactically sound Everton side in the English Premier League, missing the chance to go top of the table for at least some hours before Manchester City blew away Manchester United’s challenge later in the evening.

It was a fixture that was never likely to be easy. Everton have posed a threat this season against a number of teams and with new manager Marco Silva, the respected Brazilian tactician in the saddle, Everton have a manager with the tactical know-how to go toe-to-toe against the best of teams.

But this was Chelsea they were up against. The Blues have been immaculate this season with a new manager themselves in Mauricio Sarri.

The Italian has already overseen a sort of revolution in south west London, with the playing philosophy of the club having undergone a huge shift. Free flowing football has always been on demand and Darth has brought that with his Sarri-ball style of play that sees the Chelsea players employing an eye-catching give and go football.

The Blues are unbeaten in the league and that owes much to the tactical brilliance of Sarri.

One of the major architects of Sarri’s and Chelsea’s success so far is their midfielder Jorjinho. The player who was brought from Napoli has commanded the defensive midfield position for Chelsea and his major job is to act as the orchestrator of passes from deep.

Any player who has been able to displace Ngolo Kante from his favourite defensive midfield position must be taken seriously and Jorginho has done that.

 Much of Chelsea’s build-up play that culminates in impressive passing attacking moves has started through Jorjinho. He has an eye for an intelligent pass and his positional sense is of the highest quality.

Everton recognised this threat and Marco Silva employed a brilliant tactical approach that made it impossible for Jorginho to dictate the game for Chelsea.

Everton started with a nominal 4-2-3-1 formation but in defending against Chelsea when the Blues were building up from the back, Everton’s formation became very much a 4-4-2 with striker Richarlison and midfielder Gylfi Gudjohnson acting as twin strikers and shaping up in the first line of defense in a way that made it impossible for Chelsea’s defenders to pass the ball to Jorginho.

The duo rarely moved up to press Chelsea’s centre backs of David Luis and Anthony Rudiger when Chelsea were starting a move from the back.

Instead, they were both close together and positioned themselves usually in front of the Chelsea central defenders and close to Jorjinho in such a way that it was difficult for Jorginho to get passes from the back.

When Jorginho doesn’t dictate the game for Chelsea they struggle. So it proved on Sunday as Everton stubbornly made sure that the midfielder was starved of passes.

In the second half, Sarri pulled out Jorginho in recognition of Everton’s masterclass tactics of stiffling him and Chelsea subsequently failed to score for the first time at home this season.

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 13, 2018


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