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Chelsea news: Jorginho problem outlined by Emmanuel Petit after 6-0 thrashing by Man City

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Jorginho started the season brilliantly with Chelsea but both his, and the Blues’ form has dithered badly.

Chelsea were dismantled 6-0 by Manchester City last Sunday and just two weeks before that they were taken apart 4-0 by Bournemouth.

And Petit, who played for both Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League, believes that Jorginho’s problems stem from his playing being a little slow.

"I have nothing against Jorginho, I think he is a beautiful player. But this is the Premier League, this is not Serie A,” he told

“You don’t play in Italy the same way you play in England.

"In Italy you have more time when you play, more time to manage the ball and they do it beautifully, no doubt.

"But in the Premier League when you play as a holding midfielder you only have two, three seconds to think.

“You have to see before even receiving the ball. You have to play quick, fast. Even at Manchester City, Fernandinho doesn't get much time to control the ball.

“He knows he has to have speed in his game all the time. Physically you need to respond to the demands of the Premier League."

Petit also noted that he wasn’t convinced Jorginho has everything needed to be a top Premier League midfielder.

“I’m far from being convinced about Jorginho on both things that I’ve said. I think he’s got very interesting technical qualities, he’s got very beautiful vision, but he needs to speed up,” he added.

"He [Jorginho] needs to understand that in this situation, if Sarri puts you in the team ahead of Kante, the best player in this position of the last two or three years, that must be for a good reason."

"What is that reason? That you control and manage the game. That your pass kills the first line of the opponent, that you make assists. So I’m expecting a lot, but I’m very disappointed.

"Sarri put Kante in this new position, he can play that position but he is far better in the holding role. Sarri did it though and he went with Jorginho.

"He has his reasons and fair enough, but I have the feeling that as the weeks go on this team is falling away. I’m not convinced, at all.

"Why doesn’t he play Kante in his perfect position? There is no protection for the central defenders. Jorginho never wins back the ball, he’s not aggressive."

Chelsea play City, Manchester United and Tottenham, all in three different competitions over the next few weeks, and will be hoping to avoid any more big defeats.

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