By Pa Reporter
Published: 13:33 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 13:33 BST, 3 May 2019
Jorginho showed his true worth to keep Chelsea's Europa League dream alive in Frankfurt, according to team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Italy midfielder is the fulcrum of Maurizio Sarri's tactical blueprint and often the focal point of supporter frustration amid the taskmaster manager's mixed first season at the Chelsea helm.
But at the Commerzbank Arena on Thursday Jorginho had the Blues' midfield all wrapped up, even when patched up himself due to a bandaged head wound.
Jorginho produced an impressive display in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt
And that left Chelsea skipper Azpilicueta purring over Jorginho's influence, as Pedro's strike secured a 1-1 semi-final first leg draw with Eintracht and a potentially crucial away goal.
'Jorginho is a very important player for us,' said Azpilicueta. 'Sometimes all of us have struggled because when the results are not there it means we're not doing the perfect job.
'But this is his first season in England, first time at a new club.
'This was an important game for him. He grew into the game by getting more control, creating more space for the two attacking