Jorginho has warned Chelsea’s young stars that inexperience is not an acceptable excuse as Stamford Bridge as the Blues enter the pivotal months of the season.
Under Frank Lampard Chelsea have been determined to establish a pathway between the youth team and first team, a policy that has brought no little success this season. Three of the side that started Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal were academy graduates, including match-winner Tammy Abraham, whilst Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tariq Lamptey added to their number from the bench.
There have certainly been occasions this season when Chelsea, fourth in the Premier League, have been swept away in a rush of justifiable excitement over the promise of their young stars but in defeats to the likes of Manchester City, Everton and West Ham youthful exuberance has perhaps slipped into naivety.
With the season having just passed the halfway mark Chelsea hold a four point lead over Manchester United in fifth with Tottenham a further point behind. Jorginho insists now is not the time when mistakes can be forgiven by players young or old.
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“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,” he said.
“Not just the older players, of course 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.”
The Italian international proved to be the difference-maker in Chelsea’s comeback win at Emirates Stadium long before he pounced on Bernd Leno’s error and turned Mason Mount’s free-kick into an empty net. Jorginho’s introduction after just 34 minutes saw Lampard’s side establish control of midfield and…