Besides his duties in Chelsea’s central midfield, Jorginho has taken extra responsibilities, teaching teammate Thiago Silva English in his spare time.
At 36, Silva has not had a prolonged exposure to English, presenting a dilemma to a Chelsea side in desperate need of his expertise.
After signing on a free from PSG in the summer, it was thought that the Brazilian would bring stability to a shaky Chelsea defence.
For that to happen, communication in Lampard’s preferred back four has to improve, and with Silva being a non-English speaker, Jorginho has had to help improve his communication skills.
“When he has some questions or some doubts he asks me and I try to help him if I can, because my English is not that great.
I have taught him ‘man on’, ‘turn’ or if he is on the other side ‘switch play’. Things that you need on the pitch. ‘Man on’, ‘drop’ or ‘up’. We try to help each other. That’s what you do on and off the pitch,” Jorginho said.
Despite the language barrier between him and his teammates, Jorginho revealed that his teammate was content.
“He is happy here. He is a big personality, a big player with lots of experience. He is helping all of us as a group, the younger players, everyone. He finds a way to communicate, whether it is with his hands or he speaks to me and I give the information to the other guys. We find a way.”