LONDON -- Maurizio Sarri insisted that Chelsea will only see the best of Jorginho when the rest of his players execute his system properly on the pitch.
Jorginho has found his performances criticised at times this season by those sceptical of Sarri's broader style of play, but made a positive contribution as Chelsea routed Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to ease the pressure on their Italian coach.
Sarri was pleased with Jorginho's role in Chelsea's greater fluidity going forward -- they scored more than twice in a Premier League match for the first time since November -- and claimed that the midfielder's less convincing displays this season have been due in part to the mistakes of those around him.
"Jorginho needs movement without the ball from other players, because he's used to play at one touch," Sarri said. "It's very difficult to play one touch without the movement of the other players. If the team like in the first 25, 30 minutes played very well and we have movements without the ball, it's easier I think.
"I think that in the first 25 minutes we played our football. We moved the ball very fast, very well, there was good movement without the ball.
"We were really very dangerous, we didn't play back to the opposition goal like in the last match with five players sometimes. We attacked the spaces and so I think we played our football.
"Jorginho played very well. I put [Mateo] Kovacic on the pitch after the fourth goal because Jorginho had a little problem to his groin. This is the only reason because in my opinion Jorginho played a very good match."
Any prolonged injury absence for Jorginho could be costly for Chelsea, who must navigate matches against Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham in the Premier League, FA Cup fifth round and Carabao Cup final in February.
Sarri was not granted his request for a new midfield playmaker to replace the departed Cesc Fabregas in the January transfer window as cover for Jorginho, but he revealed that he has alternative solutions in mind.
"We are trying during training with two players," he added. "The first is [Ethan] Ampadu and the second is Kovacic.
"It may be that for characteristics, Kovacic is more suitable for this team. Ampadu is more defensive but Kovacic is really close to Jorginho in moving the ball very fast at one touch, so I think in the future he will be able to do this position well.
"I think Kovacic could be a very good option, then we need to recover completely [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek after the back problem. Then we can play sometimes with Kovacic as a central midfielder and Jorginho will be able to rest."