Sarri took Jorginho with him from Napoli in a £52million deal and the Brazilian-born Italy international has quickly become integral to his side’s midfield control.
And against Newcastle he set a new record for most successful passes by a Chelsea player in the Premier League – though fell just short of the overall record.
This makes it three wins out of three for Chelsea under Sarri, and the former Napoli boss eye-catching style which has been dubbed “sarri-ball” is already making momentum.
Cesc Fabregas, who is currently out of action injured, was the Blues’ previous pass master, who completed 144 passes against West Brom four years ago.
However, the Blues new signing has smash this record having recorded 158 passes against the Magpies – which is one every 34 seconds – while by himself, he has accounted for 15% of the entire possession in the game – the home side had just 18% of the ball total! He even completed more passes than the Magpies.
He fell just nine successful passes shy of Ilkay Gundogan’s record of 167, set last season against Chelsea, though Jorginho slots in at number two in the all-time list. If he continues like this, it’s surely a matter of time before he breaks the record outright.