Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was pleased with the performance of midfielder Jorginho despite his blunder in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester United.
The Italy international gifted the Red Devils with the opening goal in the 50th minute. Jorginho was the last man from a set-piece, and his poor first touch handed possession to Jadon Sancho.
Sancho ran the length of the pitch before slotting past Edouard Mendy. Jorginho eventually got the chance to make amends for his mistake from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.
The midfielder converted his spot-kick with terrific composure as David de Gea dived in the opposite direction.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel defended Jorginho’s mistake, citing that he was disturbed by the lights. He was pleased with the midfielder’s courage to take the penalty after his howler.
He said: “It’s unusual a mistake like this, for us to concede a goal in general.
“Jorgi misjudged the situation and was heavily disturbed from the lights because he didn’t see the ball in the end.
“It shows courage to take the penalty for the equaliser in a crucial moment. I am very happy.”
The Blues played out a 1-1 draw against the Red Devils, but they will feel that they should have won the game with the clear-cut chances that were offered to them in either half.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was denied by David de Gea early on, and he had another chance. Timo Werner appeared on course to find the goal before Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s late block.
Antonio Rudiger will be the most disappointed after completely mistiming his stoppage-time volley. He had time and space and could have taken a touch before shooting on goal.
The Blues have now gone eight league games without beating the Red Devils.
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