The Brazilian’s admiration for Pep dates back to his time at Barcelona more than a decade ago
Chelsea star Jorginho admits he dreams of the chance to team up with Pep Guardiola at some point in his career.
Jorginho enjoyed a memorable 2021 for club and country, lifting the Champions League over Guardiola’s Manchester City and winning the European Championship title for Italy.
But he has fond memories of Pep watching his former Barcelona team and would love to play for one of his teams.
“I shouldn’t come to Chelsea,” Jorginho explained in a YouTube interview.
“I should have arrived at another club. Another English club. And then it happened like it did and I arrived at Chelsea.
“So with Chelsea everything happened really fast. When I saw the offer, I was already in London and I said: ‘Let’s go’.
“Have I ever dreamed of playing with Guardiola? I dreamed. I don’t know if that will happen. But yes, he is a reference.
“When I was a kid, I saw Barcelona win everything with Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta.”
the bigger picture
Jorginho has been at Stamford Bridge since the summer of 2018, coming from Napoli on the same day mentor Maurizio Sarri was announced as the club’s new manager.
He has become one of the most talented midfielders in the Premier League, making over 170 appearances for the Blues in all competitions to date and, thanks to his enviable skill on penalties, scoring 26 goals.
Currently European champion at club and international level and world champion with Chelsea thanks to his victory at the Club World Cup, Jorginho was rewarded for his exploits in 2021 with third place in the Ballon d’Or vote, behind only Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski in the race for the prestigious award.