Jorginho says the referee made the right call in not sending him off during Chelsea’s victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
The midfielder led the Blues’ dramatic fightback as he cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early opener seven minutes from time before Tammy Abraham snatched all three points for the visitors late on.
But Gunners fans were furious that the Italian was still on the pitch when he capitalised on Bernd Leno’s mistake to score, as they felt he should have received a second yellow card moments earlier for hauling down Matteo Guendouzi in the middle of pitch.
Jorginho, however, maintains referee Craig Pawson was right to show leniency.
“Did you think it was red card? I don’t think so,” he said, when quizzed on the challenge after the match.
“It was not my fault. Contact in football is normal. It was a foul but no more I think.”
Jorginho had begun the match on the bench before being introduced just after the half hour mark, with Arsenal 1-0 ahead and well in control at that point.
The 28-year-old played a major role in helping Chelsea turn things around and insists he had no issue with boss Frank Lampard omitting him from the starting XI.
“That is the choice of Frank and you just have to respect that and be ready,” he said.
“In my mind, I was fine, I just hope the team wins and if he needs me I will be ready for that. I was ready.”
It has been a mixed season for Chelsea so far – their first under Lampard – having lost seven of their 20 matches this season.
They have suffered defeats in their last two home games to lowly opposition, Bournemouth and Southampton, but will end 2019 sitting fourth in the Premier League table after their battling victory at Arsenal.
According to Jorginho, the Blues must improve their mentality in 2020 to maintain their top four hopes and go on to challenge at the top.
“We need to maybe change our mentality,” he said.
“We need to maybe believe and push more. Don’t just push like this in the big games.
“This is football, anything can happen. You have to be ready for every game.
“If you think some games are easy, the other team come and kill you. You have to fight to win every game.”