‘It’s just happened like that!’: Chelsea midfielder Jorginho insists he does not want to be the club’s top scorer, despite leading the way again – as he also opens up on feeling ‘proud’ with his Ballon d’Or recognition
- Jorginho has scored nine goals in all competitions for Chelsea this campaign
- But despite topping their charts, he is keen for his team-mates to overtake him
- His penalties at Aston Villa saw him take his Premier League tally to six goals
- The midfielder has also opened up on finishing third in the Ballon d’Or rankings
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has insisted he does not want to end the season as the club’s top scorer, despite leading the way again this campaign.
In typically cool fashion, he scored a brace from the penalty spot in the 3-1 victory against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, taking him to nine goals in all competitions.
Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku trail him in the Blues’ overall standings, and Jorginho hopes that his more offensive-minded team-mates will overtake him.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has insisted he does not want to end up as the club’s top scorer
Last season, he topped the scoring charts at Chelsea in the Premier League.
The Italy international is keen to avoid a surprise repeat, telling his club’s official website: ‘It’s just happened like that!
‘I hope our strikers can score, score, score and be the top scorers and not me, to be honest.’
After netting two penalties at Aston Villa, Jorginho has scored nine goals in all competitions
Jorginho has been able to find the net regularly this term due to his clinical nature from spot-kicks, and he has also opened up on how he copes with the pressure.
‘People watching are probably more nervous than me when I take a penalty, especially my friends and family,’ he added.
‘Sometimes you know the pressure is higher than other times, but I try to not put that pressure on myself or feel that pressure.
‘I try to breathe, clear my mind and keep calm.’
But despite leading the way again under Thomas Tuchel, Jorginho wants his strikers to score
Romelu Lukaku is trailing the midfielder this campaign, but has endured an injury headache
Indeed, over the course of 2021, the 30-year-old has converted 10 penalties in the top-flight, a record in the competition.
His success has stretched to both on and off the pitch, too, with Jorginho having dazzled in Chelsea’s Champions League win and Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020.
As a result, he finished third in the Ballon d’Or rankings – and believes his personal accolade underlines the importance of midfielders.
‘I’m very proud, but if I got there it was because I wasn’t alone,’ he said.
After finishing third in the Ballon d’Or rankings, Jorginho has thanked ‘everyone around’ him
‘I got there because of the work of everyone around me.
‘It’s nice to see a midfielder up there. It means everyone is seeing what we can do, what we can offer and add to the team.’
He went on to add: ‘Until now it definitely was my best year.
‘Winning those trophies doesn’t happen every year! Hopefully, maybe, I can have something similar, or maybe even better, why not!’