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Jorginho clears up Reece James penalty situation in Chelsea’s win over Newcastle


The Italian netted a late penalty in Saturday’s victory (Pictures: Chelsea TV / Getty)

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has clarified that teammate Reece James did not ask to take the side’s late penalty in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle despite being on a hat-trick.

The west Londoners dominated their trip to St James’ Park though had to wait until the second half to find a decisive breakthrough as right-back James powered a left-footed effort into the back of the net.

Barely 10 minutes later he scored a near identical effort, this time with his right foot, to effectively put the game to bed for the table-topping Blues.

Jorginho took Chelsea’s penalty despite James being on a hat-trick (Picture: Getty)

In the 81st minute, Kai Havertz was brought down to gift Chelsea the luxury of a third goal and usual penalty taker Jorginho stepped up to put away his spot-kick emphatically.

But just before he took the penalty, the Italian had a brief chat with James – who was on a hat-trick – though he insists the defender did not ask to take the spot-kick and was simply offering his support.

‘If he had asked, we would have had a conversation but he didn’t,’ Jorginho told ESPN Brasil after the game. ‘He came over to support me.’

Speaking about James’ opening goal, Jorginho told Chelsea’s website: ‘He’s amazing with both feet, so he opened the game for us and it was great, it was a beautiful goal.’

James, who also netted against Norwich City last weekend, was delighted with his brace, telling BBC Sport: ‘I think the first one was probably the better goal on my weaker foot – it was a good finish.

James has been in sensational goalscoring form recently (Picture: Getty)

‘We knew coming here would be a tough game. We had to break them down and it took a lot of time.

‘A lot has happened with their club since the start of the season so you never knew what their approach would be like when things are new.’

Manager Thomas Tuchel said of James’ strikes: ‘We don’t need exercise shooting with Reece, he shoots like a horse!’


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