Jorginho says he is ‘very happy’ and ‘amazed’ by how he has won the Chelsea fans over in recent months.
Jorginho’s position has remained the same during the transition from Maurizio Sarri to Frank Lampard, but Chelsea supporters are no longer on his back.
“It’s amazing because last season it was impossible,” the Italy midfielder told The Sun.
“I’m very happy how they have changed their mind about me. I have worked a lot.
“I never said anything, I just work and work and work and I think the results are coming — and I am very happy with that.
“It is an opportunity for me to show I’m here not just for the Coach. I’m thankful of what we did together because it was amazing.
“We worked four years together and I’m very thankful for what I learned from him. But I’m here also for my quality — but the people could not see that last season.
“[The criticism made me] a little sad. I just had to work hard and change their minds — and to make them know they had made a mistake about me.
“This season, we are playing with more long balls, so less short passing. It has changed a little bit but the mentality is the same, to press the other team and try to have control of the match.
“I have to be there to control all the team. If I leave my position it is a big problem for everybody because there will be too much space in the midfield.
“I try to do what the Coach wants so I can adapt myself. He wants the ball forward quicker and not have too much short passing, so I am trying to do that. Yes, it is simple.”
The 27-year-old is now default penalty taker at Stamford Bridge and considered one of the Blues’ leaders.
“That is not new for me because I always tried to play like this — but nobody was talking about it. I was trying to help my mates.
“It is a thing not everybody sees but when someone like Frank Lampard talks about it, then maybe people look for it.”
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