The Blues secured their second win of pre-season, beating Ernesto Valverde’s side thanks to goals from Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley.
Jorginho grabbed an assist for the first-half opener – his first in a Chelsea shirt – by intercepting Sergio Busquets just outside Barcelona’s 18-yard box.
But it wasn’t just the Italian’s work for the goal that impressed fans of the west London club, as they drooled over his 71-minute performance at the Saitama Stadium.
“Jorginho is going to be a beast next season!! I am excited by him!” tweeted one fan.
“Speaking of Jorginho, intercepting Busquets and assisting the goal? My midfielder,” one wrote.
“Jorginho’s been [N’Golo] Kante mixed with Cesc [Fabregas] in a blinder today. Singlehandedly exposed Barça overhyped midfield,” said one.
“Jorginho been a beast! You lot were blinded by ignorance and hate,” added a fourth.
“[Maurizio] Sarri was waffling when he said Jorginho can’t function in a two man midfield,” another wrote.
“Love that press by Jorginho. Looks a new player under Frank [Lampard],” a sixth said.
Jorginho struggled during his first season at Stamford Bridge after being brought in by Sarri.
The midfielder dislodged Kante from his holding role, which raised eyebrows among Chelsea fans.
But Jorginho impressed today when deployed in a more attacking role alongside Mateo Kovacic.
Lampard looks set to play the 17-time capped Italian international in this new position going forward.
And the Chelsea boss seems impressed with Jorginho so far.
“It’s not only his quality on the ball,” Lampard said earlier this month.
“We know all about that from last year, his comfort on the ball and the bravery he shows.
“It’s not normal to receive the ball in tight areas and to deal with it – and to keep doing it constantly. His attitude in training has also been first class. He’s a driver of a session. He’s a voice.
“He runs, he pushes people around him, he drags people up when he doesn’t feel they’re working as much as he might want – and I’ve loved seeing that.
“So in terms of first impressions, working with him for 10 days, I can’t ask for any more. I’m delighted to have him.”
SOURCE: THE DAILY STAR