Manchester United fans will hope Jose Mourinho and his players are ready to entertain them today in a must-win clash against Liverpool. The last time Red Devils played, they 4-1 against Fulham at Old Trafford. On Saturday afternoon, Premier League defending Champions Manchester City beat Everton 3-1 at Etihad Stadium. Chelsea are travelling to Brighton this afternoon while Arsenal will be at St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton.
Today, we want to focus on pass masters in the history of the League. Where do Jorginho numbers rank?
5. Santi Cazorla vs Sunderland (14/15)- 154 Passes
Arsenal fans know they could’ve have enjoyed more entertainment from Santi Cazorla but injuries denied the maestro that chance. This summer, he was allowed to leave for free and Villarreal took advantage. The 33-year-old will now try to get his career back on track in La Liga. In 2014/15 season when he was still hot like fire, he completed 154 passes in a single game against Sunderland.
4. Yaya Toure vs Stoke City (11/12)- 157 Passes
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Manchester City does not have many legends given their short history of success. However, since the arrival of Sheikh Monsour, the story has changed now. Yaya Toure was among the first beneficiaries of the billions from the Middle East. He arrived from Barcelona and the rest is history. He made the Citizens a force to reckon with especially in midfield. In 2011/12 when they lifted the Premier League, the legendary Ivorian completed 157 passes in a single match against Stoke City. It was a record but now it has been broken several times.
3. Jorginho vs Newcastle (18/19)- 158 Passes
Jorginho has has no trouble adjusting to the Premier League.
He's already surpassed the record for most completed passes in a single game by a Chelsea player (previous Cesc Fabregas with 144).
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Chelsea defeated Newcastle United 2-1 away from home. The game was not entertaining until the last 20 minutes when the Blues go the penalty. However, the focus today is on £52 million signing Jorginho who completed more passes than the hosts.
The Italian holding midfielder completed 158 passes as compared to Newcastle 131 by the time the referee blew his final whistle. Maurizio Sarri knew this man was the engine and he made sure the Blues got him from his former team Napoli. It is mind-boggling to think a single player can out pass an entire team at home. It is the reason why the visitors had 81 percent possession.