The secrets to Jorginho’s penalty record as Chelsea find their next Frank Lampard from the spot

Nick Pope, the Burnley goalkeeper, would have known what to expect on Saturday afternoon when his team conceded a penalty at Stamford Bridge but, with the exception of one goalkeeper to have faced Jorginho from 12 yards since 2013, he was powerless to stop the inevitable.

The Chelsea midfielder’s exceptional penalty record for clubs and country now reads 19 from 20 during games. Although his return in shootouts is four from six, he must now be considered one of the world’s best from the spot.

It is a record Frank Lampard, who scored 60 of his 70 penalties, is no doubt impressed by but what are the secrets to Jorginho’s success?

Despite the focus on his run-up there are few surprises to his approach. The key rests in his consistency.

All 26 have hit the target and even Simone Scuffet, the only man to deny Jorginho when Udinese faced Napoli in November 2017, was powerless to stop him from scoring the rebound.

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While the run-up hop that the Chelsea vice-captain has become renowned for did not come to fruition until 2017, when he had already scored six penalties for Hellas Verona and Napoli, not one attempt has been struck high.

The vast majority are aimed at the bottom corners with a small number of attempts clipped halfway up the goal or down the middle.

Even the run-up follows a strict pattern. Jorginho puffs his cheeks a couple of times and takes a couple of side steps before striding towards the ball.

Since 2017 every one has contained a hesitation move – more or less a little hop or skip – before he lands on his left foot and then kicks with his right.

It all looks so simple, so why have goalkeepers found it such a struggle? went through every single penalty in an attempt to find out more and reached a straightforward conclusion.

While it is clear that the hop leads to most ‘keepers committing early and either being…


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