Kante sorry, as Jorginho reveals why he prefers to play with Kovacic

We have seen Jorginho strike up a very formidable partnership with Mateo Kovacic in the past, as the duo combined well in the first half of last season under Frank Lampard, at a time when N’Golo Kante was injured.

Jorginho and Kovacic have again taken their partnership to a whole new level under new boss Thomas Tuchel, and they have been a core part of the team’s success under the new boss.

Speaking ahead of facing Manchester United, Jorginho has hailed his partnership with Kovacic, and insists that they understand each other very well.

Jorginho said: “I have a very good relationship with him because we think the same way about football, we understand each other. We know what we want to do, what each other wants to do, so I find it quite easy playing with him because we think the same way.

“We know who needs to be in that position in that moment so we leave space for each other in the right moment. We cover each other’s backs, we understand when we need to be close to each other and when we don’t.

“That’s what I was saying when I said we understand each other and think the same way, we understand the right moment to close the space or find a one-two or just to give space for him to drive the ball, because he has the ability to do that. I know when he needs that space to drive forward or when he’s a bit in trouble and needs help.”