Maurizio Sarri’s linchpin saw a prodigious amount of the ball at West Ham yet was most effective in blunting N’Golo Kanté
With three minutes to go at the London Stadium, Jorginho played a nudged sideways pass across the centre circle. Oddly there was no spontaneous ovation, Jorginho did not punch the air, or collapse tearfully to his knees, or do a dance from Fortnite. Oddly because in that moment Jorginho had broken the Premier League record for passes completed in a single game, edging out Ilkay Gündogan’s mark of 165, set earlier this year.
A few minutes earlier a lofted sideways pass to Willian had seen Jorginho surge past Cesc Fàbregas’s 144-pass Chelsea record, set against West Brom in November 2014. By the end he was on a sensational 180 passes, not just beating the record but obliterating it, a GOAT-level performance of wiffling the ball about in midfield that may, for all we know, never be surpassed. Or least not – it is to be hoped – while this reporter is present.