Chelsea star Jorginho says Frank Lampard has made significant alterations to the way he is utilised this season.

The holding midfielder was limited in his approach under Maurizio Sarri last season.

Jorginho rarely ventured forward, resulting in him registering zero assists and just one goal from open play throughout the campaign.

But Lampard has asked the Italy international to get himself more involved in attacking play in Chelsea’s more free-flowing formation.

Jorginho, 27, is flourishing in the role and is playing his best football since arriving from Napoli last summer.

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“I have changed the way I play – I try to do what the coach wants so I can adapt myself,” he said.

”He wants more forward play, not too much short passing, so I am trying to do that.

”This season we are playing with more long balls, more runs, less short passing.

”It has changed, but the mentality is the same, pressing the other team and trying to have the control of the match.”

Lampard, who saw Jorginho score as his side sealed a 2-0 win over Brighton yesterday, hailed the Brazil-born star as a natural leader.

Frank Lampard has given Jorginho more freedom to roam this season
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”He’s a leader in his personality. Whatever happened last year, I wasn’t here,” said the Blues legend.

”For whatever reason, people will make judgements, but all I can judge is what I see in front of me and from pre-season he has been one of the leaders, clearly, in the dressing room and on the pitch.

”He wants to win, and I know that should be the basics and it is the basics for everyone, but to show it in everything you do is important. He does that, so I’m pleased with Jorgie and the young players need to look up to that attitude he has daily.”

Chelsea will be looking to secure their first Champions League points of the season when they travel to Lille on Wednesday night.

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