Mason Mount: Jorginho and Kovacic are the reason behind Chelsea’s stunning performance this season
Chelsea have performed incredibly well under Frank Lampard this season, sitting fourth on the English Premier League table. They have won 7 out of their 11 EPL games, accumulating 23 points from a possible of 33.
In continental scene, Chelsea lost their first Champions League game at Stamford Bridge against Valencia but bounced back strongly to win two consecutive away games before they welcome Ajax to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Chelsea’s brilliant performances so far have attracted huge praises, but only for one reason, because Frank Lampard’s side is dominated by young players who virtually have little experience in top flight football.
Despite the fact that Chelsea have shown overall team performance in the season, most of their outstanding shows in recent games have come from their midfield, precisely, “Sarri’s son” Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic who together have demonstrated high level of desirability, flair and interconnectivity in Chelsea plays.
This comes as a surprise to many Chelsea supporters especially on Jorginho who was consistently criticized under Maurizio Sarri, and his improved performance together with that of Kovacic have ever kept Chelsea strong and running this season in the absence of influential N’Golo Kante.
Mason Mount believes Chelsea’s fine form at the moment is due to the performance and experience of Jorginho and Kovacic, and explained that young players in the current Chelsea set up can learn from the two play-makers.
“They have been brilliant. Us young players coming through need those experienced players behind us to keep us focused, keep us going because they are the backbone in the team,” Mount said. “They have been brilliant.
“You can see how they have been performing recently, keeping the team together, keeping the ball moving and that is what need.
“Players like that to keep us ticking, and when we get higher up the pitch we are the ones who need to put the ball in the back of the net. They keep us so strong together”, he concluded.
Albeit they have established a nice combination in the middle of the park, Jorginho and Kovacic together have just registered 2 goals and 3 assists in 45 games across all club competitions.
Passes completed stands 88% for Jorginho and 87% for Kovacic.