CHELSEA star Jorginho has revealed that boss Maurizio Sarri refuses to touch the match ball.
Even if his side are behind and need to get the ball back in play quickly the Italian will not touch it.
And with the Blues still unbeaten after 10 games, don’t expect Sarri to change his ways anytime soon.
Jorginho and his manager have a close relationship which began when they met at Serie A side Napoli.
Sarri made the holding midfielder his first signing when he arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer.
When he was in charge of Serie D side Sansovino, he crashed into one of his players’ cars before a game, which they went on to win.
He repeated that feat the next week when they had a crunch top of the table clash. They won again.
“It’s really easy to understand him you know,” Jorginho explained to Chelsea TV.
“The way he seems – that’s how he is. He has no secrets.
“He’s a simple guy. He has his… beliefs, his superstitions. Everyone does. For example, he won’t touch the match ball ever.
“Even if we’re losing, the ball goes out and we need to get the ball back in play as fast as possible, he won’t go near it.
“No way – he won’t touch it. Then there are other things too, but that’s normal, no?”
Jorginho has become a key part in Sarri’s Chelsea revolution since the Blues spent £50m to prevent him joining Manchester City.
The manager’s chosen style of play has been nicknamed “Sarriball” but the 59-year-old isn’t sure of the term’s origins.
“I think the term came up on social media,” he said. “Some guys were writing about our way of playing and what I said in interviews.
“I really don’t know how to explain it, probably they got it better than I can.
“This idea behind my approach. Principally my philosophy of life is to be straight talking and clear.”