Will Lampard retain Werner? Jorginho the penalty master again after Chelsea misses

The Italy midfielder missed two recent spot-kicks for his club but stopped the rot against Poland

10:03pm on Sunday 15th November 2020
Carlo Garganese

Until this season, Jorginho was regarded as arguably the best penalty-taker in world football.

He stepped up from 12 yards against Liverpool on September 20 having missed only one penalty from his previous 21 attempts, dating back to November 2017.

His unique style of pausing and waiting for the goalkeeper to move before rolling the ball into the net had been incredibly successful.

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However, in that match against Liverpool he was denied by Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson as Chelsea lost 2-0.

He followed up that mishap by scoring two penalties in the same game against Crystal Palace as it seemed as if normal service was resumed.

But on October 28, he missed a second penalty in quick succession in the Champions League match versus Krasnodar.

This prompted Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to relieve Jorginho of his penalty duties and hand the responsibility to summer signing Timo Werner. The German has scored 16 and missed three in his own career.

Lampard did add that the decision was not necessarily a permanent one.


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Jorginho retained penalty duties for Italy, though, and made no mistake on Sunday after Andrea Belotti was fouled in the box in the first half.

He stepped up confidently to break the deadlock by sending Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way.

This took his career penalty record to a still hugely impressive 23 successful kicks from 26 attempts. It remains to be seen whether Lampard will put Jorginho on penalties now.

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