Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole slam Chelsea midfielder Jorginho after FA Cup Final
Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole tore into Jorginho for his part in Leicester City’s winning goal during yesterday’s FA Cup Final. The pair were part of the panel for BT Sport’s live coverage of the game.
Jorginho backed off Youri Tielemans in the second half of the contest, allowing the Belgian to fire an unstoppable effort beyond Kepa in the Chelsea goal.
It was a real blow for Thomas Tuchel who must not dust his team down ready to face the Foxes again on Tuesday in the Premier League.
Jorginho’s part in the goal was a clear flaw in his game, with ex-Blues midfielder Cole suggesting he does it too often.
He told BT Sport: “There are holes in his game and that’s one of them.
“He knew he didn’t have the legs to get there, so he’s trying to dictate to people around him.
“There will be frailties. I’m not worried about in the week when he gave the ball away against Arsenal because that’s very rare but this happens a lot in his game.”
Ferdinand played several times with Cole for England and he echoed the sentiments of the ex-playmaker.
The ex-centre-back said: “This is one area I don’t like in his game and it’s that he can’t get across the ground.
“He should be the one getting across there. He shouldn’t be pointing at a defender to get out to Tielemans.”
TBR View: Jorginho has to take the blame and learn quickly
With Tuchel probably planning how he wants his squad to look next season, Jorginho will need to park this mistake and move on quickly.
Chelsea have an immediate chance to set the record straight against Leicester when they meet at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
If the 29-year-old is called upon he will need to showcase to his boss exactly what he’s capable of – and display a show of character.
Jorginho has scored seven times in 40 appearances this season and has been a regular in the Blues starting eleven.
Paid £110,000-a-week, the midfielder could be one of the players in the firing line when the summer comes around, however.
Jorginho has two years to run on his current deal and at 29, Tuchel could pursue an upgrade in midfield.
With a few more mistakes akin to yesterday, the Chelsea boss will have to act.