As he prepares for a major milestone with Juventus in Chelsea’s Champions League on Wednesday, Italian midfielder Giorgione can reflect on the golden year that has silenced his critics.
He will make his 150th appearance for Chelsea if he plays in the Group H tie in the tournament.
Less praised in England over the past few months, Jurgen Klopp has emerged as a key player for Chelsea and Italy after winning the Champions League and Euro 2020 just weeks apart.
The 29-year-old was recently named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2021 and has been named as a key candidate for the Ballon d’Or.
This is a remarkable renaissance for a player who became the number one public enemy among Chelsea fans after a tumultuous first season with the Premier League club.
“I have to thank all the people who didn’t believe me, who criticized me. They encouraged me even more,” Joginho told UEFA.com. They encouraged me to work hard to prove myself wrong. “
“Everything that happened was thanks to the people who stood by me – family, friends, my agents, my teammates, coaches, physios, kitmen …”
Georgino failed Maurizio was such a scapegoat for the Sri Lankan government that it was only 18 months ago that he was likely to reach 150 in the long run in Chelsea.
In his first campaign with the Blues, he was constantly targeted by supporters who were disappointed with the team’s unimaginable performances under Siri.
Siri paid 50 50 million (68 68.5 million) to bring the Italian midfielder from Napoli amid intense interest in Manchester City.
The couple was unveiled on the same day in 2018 at Stamford Bridge, but there was no honeymoon for any man in West London.
‘Siri Ball’-manager-occupied philosophy failed to translate from Serie A into a more obsessive Premier League setting.
And to make sure Giorgio Chelsea gets used to being polite or backwards, he angers fans who demand a more thoughtful approach.
Undeterred by both the fans and many of his players, Sri finally left at the end of his in-charge season.
Georginho ended the campaign with Chelsea winning the Europa League, but Sri Lankan successor Frank Lampard never seemed completely satisfied with the midfielder.
Under Lampard, Giorgione was in and out of the team, and his value to Chelsea is still the subject of heated debate between supporters and pundits when Thomas Tachel took charge in January.
Aside from his hopstep penalty style, Giorgione is often seen as a hesitant star, happy to take the spotlight off the pitch and take a less key approach.
But Tochel had no doubts about Giorgione’s value, praising his careful reading of the game, tactical awareness and metronomical passing that made him an ideal ‘number six’ in defense from attack to attack. Able to lead change.
Giorgione has grown in stature while working for Torrell, which is essential for Chelsea’s hopes of retaining the Champions League and winning their first English title since 2017.
For a player whose selfless approach shines through, this is Giorgione’s moment of reflection.
“He’s a great man. He loves the game. He never stops transferring the energy he thinks of strategy,” said Tachel.
“It makes him a very important player and a great link in the middle of the pitch, not only for us but also for Italy.”