Emmanuel Petit highlights the one area that Jorginho must improve in to succeed at Chelsea

first_imgAdvertisement Emmanuel Petit highlights the one area that Jorginho must improve in to succeed at Chelsea Advertisement Jorginho’s recent form has been criticised (Getty Images)Emmanuel Petit has urged Jorginho to increase the tempo of his passing if he is to succeed for Chelsea in the Premier League.Jorginho was Chelsea’s marquee signing last summer, arriving in a £50m deal from Napoli shortly after Maurizio Sarri had been appointed as Antonio Conte’s successor.The 27-year-old enjoyed a solid start to his Chelsea career but his role in the team and his recent performances have been heavily criticised by pundits and Chelsea supporters alike following a downturn in results.Jorginho had another difficult afternoon on Sunday as Chelsea were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City and Petit feels that the Italian international has to adapt to the speed of English football soon.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have nothing against Jorginho, I think he is a beautiful player. But this is the Premier League, this is not Serie A. You don’t play in Italy the same way you play in England,’ Petit told Paddy Power.‘In Italy you have more time when you play, more time to manage the ball and they do it beautifully, no doubt.‘But in the Premier League when you play as a holding midfielder you only have two, three seconds to think. You have to see before even receiving the ball. You have to play quick, fast.‘Even at Manchester City, Fernandinho doesn’t get much time to control the ball. He knows he has to have speed in his game all the time. Physically you need to respond to the demands of the Premier League.‘I’m far from being convinced about Jorginho on both things that I’ve said. I think he’s got very interesting technical qualities, he’s got very beautiful vision, but he needs to speed up.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is the only player in the Premier League to complete more passes than Jorginho this season but the Chelsea midfielder remains without a single assist.Perhaps unfairly, his association with Sarri who coached him at Napoli before bringing him to Stamford Bridge, has been seized upon by his critics who feel that he will be selected regardless of the quality of his performances.Sarri has also come in for criticism for deploying Jorginho at the base of Chelsea’s midfield with N’Golo Kante forced into a more advanced role away from his customary defensive position.Following a promising start under Sarri, Chelsea have endured a poor run of results, losing each of their last three away Premier League games to Arsenal, Bournemouth and City by an aggregate scoreline of 12-0.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Feb 2019 5:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link186Shareslast_img read more

Badgers make adjustments, earn series split

first_imgAfter recording just one run on four hits in the first game of its doubleheader against North Dakota State, the University of Wisconsin softball team was able to alter its approach in Game 2 and hold off the Bison.NDSU pitcher Allison Bakke demonstrated exactly why she is the ace of the Bison staff, as she kept Wisconsin’s hitters uncomfortable and off-balance for the entirety of Game 1. Bakke notched seven strikeouts in her complete game effort, and at one point sat down 14 UW hitters in a row before centerfielder Sam Polito reached on an infield single.Throughout the first contest, Bakke was able to rely on her changeup whenever she found herself behind in the count, which resulted in several foul balls and weak groundouts off the Badgers’ bats. In counts where UW hitters would normally be able to sit on a fastball, Bakke would go off-speed and catch Wisconsin unprepared.”Her changeup was pretty fat,” third baseman Athena Vasquez said. “But we weren’t reacting to it; we weren’t seeing it.”Junior right fielder Katie Hnatyk agreed that Bakke’s changeup was a tough pitch to hit, but that wasn’t why UW had a tough time hitting it.”We were just thinking way too much,” Hnatyk said. “She had the changeup, we knew she had the changeup, and we were thinking about it way too much instead of just reacting to it.”And UW head coach Chandelle Schulte didn’t pull any punches when asked about her team’s initial performance.”Our first game was terrible,” Schulte said. “We didn’t adjust at the plate, and we gave up too many runs. We have to show up and play, and we didn’t, and we’re going to get beat every time if we do that.”But it wasn’t only Bakke’s changeup that left Wisconsin hitters shaking their heads.”It was everything,” Schulte said. “But we knew that coming in. She’s got a really good ERA, and she’s got the record, but it was the changeup, and it was the curveball. She threw a nice mix.”Following the Game 1 loss, Schulte gathered her squad in the locker room for what some would call “constructive criticism” of their collective hitting approach.Whatever the course of discussion took, Wisconsin looked like a completely different team in the second half of the doubleheader. Allison Bakke was in the circle again for the Bison, but she wouldn’t stay there for long. After Athena Vasquez reached base on an error in the bottom of the second inning, Ricci Robben tagged Bakke for a two-run home run to deep left-center, giving the Badgers a 2-0 lead. Bakke got out of the inning with no further damage, but didn’t return for the third.The third inning saw UW continue its offensive onslaught against a new face in the circle, ND State pitcher Bekki Rasmussen. It was a tough day for Rasmussen, as she surrendered four consecutive singles to begin the inning, and was yanked before recording an out. The Badgers totaled four runs in the frame, including one on a suicide squeeze executed to perfection by first baseman Alexis Garcia.”I knew they’d come out and start [Bakke],” Schulte said. “I would have. But we hit her early, and we made better adjustments.”Badger pitchers Letty Olivarez and Leah Vanevenhoven were able to shut the Bison down from there, but the two-run jack from Ricci Robben proved to make the difference for Wisconsin. “It was huge because Ricci came up in the first game with runners on first and second twice with two outs and didn’t put the ball in play,” Schulte said. “Most kids wouldn’t be able to come back in that same situation. To me [the difference] was mental fortitude.”It was good because we got the run,” Schulte added, “but it was more important because mentally, she was committed to getting it done.”Robben added a double in the fifth and finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate. “I was seeing [the ball] a lot better than the first game,” Robben said. “I knew what [Bakke] was going to throw me, and I just sat and waited for my pitch.”last_img read more