Frank Lampard confirmed Jorginho has replaced Ross Barkley as Chelsea’s primary penalty taker following Saturday’s win over Brighton.
The England international missed a crucial spot kick against Valencia 10 days ago, spurning the opportunity to earn a point for his side on matchday one of the Champions League. Both Willian and Jorginho felt they should have taken that particular penalty but Lampard clarified Barkley was right to take on the responsibility given he was, at the time, the designated man for the job. After a goalless first half against Brighton, however, it was Jorginho who stepped up following a foul on Mason Mount three minutes after the re-start. The Italy international, with Barkley watching on, kept his cool and set Chelsea on their way to a first Premier League home win under their new manager.
Asked whether Jorginho was now top of his penalty pecking order, Lampard said: ‘Yes he is, end of story. He is one of the leaders. ‘We needed the win. We haven’t had a 90 minute game where we’ve controlled it enough. ‘The only disappointment is we didn’t have more goals. A clean sheet as well. It is good for the confidence of everyone. ‘We had a lot of shots first half. But weak finishing and a bit of bad luck. You do start to wonder but you have to remain confident it will come and it did.’