Tuesday December 31 2019
Jorginho's Chelsea rallying cry

Jorginho has urged Chelsea to improve their mentality, admitting they were “soft” during their 2-1 win at Arsenal on Sunday.

Consistency has been an issue for Chelsea this season, already losing seven times in 20 Premier League games, despite being in a Champions League place.

“It’s quite hard to win away, especially when it’s a derby, and the feeling is crazy,” Jorginho told reporters.

“But now we need to change our mindset and win at home as well because we are losing too many points.

“I think for mentality it’s easy [to play away] because you know you have to fight.

“Sometimes you go on the pitch, when you play at home, a bit soft and that I think is what we have to change.

“Sometimes we play against teams that don’t want to play, just defend and make counterattacks, and it’s harder to find space.

“We need to work hard to break that. I think you should push and break the lines, run more behind the lines.

“Sometimes we don’t do that, we want to play just ball into feet, and maybe we could change that. And, again, I say mentality.”

The Italy midfielder helped change the game in the Blues’ favour when he came on against Arsenal, scoring a late equaliser.

“We were a bit soft at the beginning and I tried to change [that] because we needed to change our mindset.

“We were not fighting enough. I don’t know why. Sometimes it can happen.

“Maybe we needed to change our mindset a little bit and prepare better before the game. Because when you are in the game it is quite difficult, quite hard, to change it.

“I think when you play for Chelsea, we talk a lot about ‘young, young, young, young’ but we are in the middle of the season and every player has to take responsibility, not just the older players.

“The younger players need more help but youth is not an excuse, you just have to be ready, prepared for the game, prepared to fight, because you are playing for Chelsea in the Premier League and that’s it.”

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