Chelsea boss backs booed midfielder
Maurizio Sarri defends Jorginho after midfielder is booed in Chelsea’s win over Malmo. Jorginho was booed by Chelsea fans as he replaced Ross Barkley.
Midfielder was booed by Chelsea supporters during the side’s 3-0 victory over Malmo.
Second-half goals from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi in Thursday night’s second leg at Stamford Bridge sealed a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win to book Chelsea’s place in the Europa League last 16.
The result provided some respite for an under-pressure Sarri following a miserable run of results, but reports suggest the Italian could still lose his job if Manchester City beat the Blues in the Carabao Cup final this weekend.
Sarri’s marquee summer signing, Jorginho, has also struggled to adapt to English football and fans booed the Italy international as he made his way onto the field in the 76th minute.
Jorginho, who was the embodiment of ‘Sarri-ball’ at Napoli, has upset many supporters by inadvertently forcing N’Golo Kante out of position in Chelsea’s midfield.
Asked about the boos Jorginho received as he replaced Ross Barkley, Sarri replied: ‘I think that in the first 30 minutes, we understood why Jorginho is very important for our play.
‘We were in trouble to exit our half from pressing. ‘With Jorginho it is easier, I think. I hope our fans understand Jorginho is an important player.’
Sarri believes Chelsea will be punished if they produce a similar first-half performance against City at Wembley.
‘It will be a disaster,’ he said. ‘I am worried about the first 30 minutes, only for the offensive phase. ‘We cannot play our football without confidence but the level of application and adaptation was good in the first 30.’