Jorginho knew the Euro 2020 final was ‘done’ when Saka took England’s fifth penalty
‘I saw it was Saka… I thought ‘it’s okay, it’s done”: Jorginho claims he knew the 19-year-old would MISS England’s fifth penalty in the Euro 2020 final as soon as he saw it was the Arsenal man who took the dot kick?
- Jordan Pickford saved Jorginho’s penalty in Euro 2020 shootout
- The Chelsea man said the final was ‘done’ when he saw Bukayo Saka come on
- Jorginho said he is still in pain from missing his dot despite Italy’s win
Jorginho has claimed he knew Bukayo Saka would miss his decisive fifth penalty in England’s 2020 Euro 2012 final with Italy once he saw the teenager take it.
The Chelsea midfielder had just saved his own penalty by Jordan Pickford, giving England a chance to save their hopes of winning the tournament at Wembley.
But when Jorginho saw the then 19-year-old walk to the penalty spot for England, he knew Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma would save him.
Jorginho said he knew the Euro 2020 final was ‘done’ before Bukayo Saka took his penalty
Saka’s spot kick was saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma and gave Italy the tournament win
Jorginho said when he saw Saka run he knew the final was ‘done’ and Italy would win
Speaking to The Telegraph, Jorginho explained: “I walked back (after missing his penalty) and it was a long, long walk. I looked and saw that it was Saka and Gigio [Donnarumma] and I was pretty sure he would make it. I was like “it’s okay, it’s done”‘.
Jorginho admitted that despite his prediction being correct and Italy winning the trophy, he is still getting over missing his own penalty.
“I’m still thinking about the final, especially the penalty,” he said. “People may say it doesn’t matter, but it does to me. It hurts. It still hurts even though we won.
“Whoever says it doesn’t because it doesn’t matter is a liar. I couldn’t believe it, Pickford did a really good job.
“I just thought ‘f***, I let my teammates down’ because they trusted me so much at the time.”
Jorginho said he is still in pain from missing his own penalty for Italy just ahead of Saka
Jorginho won the Champions League this year with Chelsea and is a contender for the Ballon d’Or
Overall, it’s a minor blemish on what would otherwise have been a whirlwind year for the midfielder.
The 29-year-old is a contender to win the Ballon d’Or this year, having also won the Champions League with Chelsea in May when they beat Manchester City.
He is a key part of Thomas Tuchel’s line-up at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are currently leading the Premier League table after the first eight games.
They then take on bottom club Norwich in Saturday’s early kick-off.