Jorginho is set to face his former club Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium (Getty)
Frank Lampard has hailed Jorginho as a ‘good personality in the dressing room’ ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal.
Lampard worked with Jorginho during his first stint as Chelsea manager but will be against the Italy international on Tuesday evening as his side travel to the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea opted to sell Jorginho in a £12 million deal to Arsenal in the January transfer window and Lampard believes the club lost a key voice in the squad.
‘I like Jorgi, he’s a very, very good player,’ Lampard said.
‘Part of the team that went on to win the Champions League and a central figure in it, I think.
Frank Lampard worked with Jorginho during his first stint as Chelsea manager (AP)
‘Good personality in the dressing room to drive the team – a good player.
‘If he plays he’s just another good player in that squad and that’s the options that teams who are challenging for the titles have.
‘Sometimes you can change a player and not drop the level, or in fact bring a different type of player in, and if that happens then it’s obviously something we’ve just got to deal with.’
Jorginho, meanwhile, previously claimed that Lampard ‘skipped a few steps’ in management when he initially became Chelsea boss in 2019.
‘Look, I’ll be really sincere here on Lampard. I believe, given he was a legend at the club, he skipped some steps necessary for learning before moving to a big club,’ Jorginho said after Chelsea sacked Lampard in 2021.
‘He came to a club where he is a legend, without having experience at other clubs. I think he came too soon, skipped a few steps ahead and wasn’t ready for a job at this level, to be honest.’
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