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Chelsea boss Lampard: Fantastic Jorginho a real general

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted with the early season form of Jorginho.

Lampard admits he sees the midfielder as a key part of his plans.

"We had generals on the pitch, people like Jorginho," said Lampard, enthusiastically reviewing the 2-2 draw with Liverpool, which ended in an undeserved Super Cup defeat on penalties.

"He was fantastic, constantly talking to people around him, constantly dragging people up to get the [defensive] line up and playing with quality. They, the players, are the ones that drive that when they get out there. That was the most pleasing thing for me: the spirit and attitude of the players. It felt really special.

"Jorginho's a fantastic player and I saw that in the first day of [pre-season] training in Dublin. I keep talking about his attitude, but he's a driver of the group.

"He has real quality and I'm fortunate in midfield areas at the moment as it gives me problems in terms of the competition of Kanté, Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic, Mason [Mount], Ross [Barkley] and Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] coming back. But Jorginho has already shown himself to me to be a top-class player and I was pleased to see his comments [about not wanting to be seen as Sarri's signing].

"I agree with him. He should be seen as Chelsea's Jorginho. As a player, you know you go and work for the club. He has a real passion for football. And for performance. I love that."

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