Jorginho impressed Arsenal legend Paul Merson as Chelsea beat Brighton

Jorginho impressed Arsenal legend Paul Merson as Chelsea beat Brighton (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson showered Jorginho with praise after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Brighton and backed Frank Lampard’s side to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Brighton frustrated Chelsea for 50 minutes at Stamford Bridge before Adam Webster fouled Mason Mount inside the penalty area to allow Jorginho to break the deadlock from the spot.

Willian’s deflected strike with 15 minutes remaining sealed three points and Lampard was delighted to come away from the match with his first clean sheet as Chelsea manager.

Jorginho impressed from the base of Chelsea’s midfield throughout and Merson claimed the Italian was ‘absolutely outstanding’ after the final whistle.

The former Napoli star has now scored three goals in 11 appearances for the Blues this season.

‘I thought Jorginho was absolutely outstanding,’ former Arsenal midfielder Merson told Sky Sports.

‘What’s helping him is he’s got legs around him. He’s got [Mason] Mount, Willian, [Ross] Barkley, and he just gives them the ball, he can spray it around the pitch.

‘He is probably one of the best penalty takers in the league in my opinion, too.


Lampard's men recorded their first clean sheet of the season

Lampard’s men recorded their first clean sheet of the season (Picture: Getty)

Merson claims Chelsea are ‘a lot stronger than people think’ and believes Lampard’s side are more than capable of finishing in the top four.

‘There were phases in the game where they played very well.

‘In between those goals there were a lot of nerves from Chelsea and you could feel the nervousness in the stands from the fans.

‘The fans got nervous, the players got nervous but when they got that second goal they started passing it around again.

‘Every week they get another Premier League game under their belt and when you win football matches that breeds confidence.

‘It was stability at the start of the season and now you’re thinking “this could be top four”. They’ve got some very, very good players, Chelsea are a lot stronger than people think.’

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