Jorginho explains why Chelsea are on a “different level” this season

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho insists “competition is good” – even though it means his place is no longer guaranteed.

Jorginho believes Chelsea's strong squad has pushed all of the players to a “different level” and he is enjoying the battle for places.

Italy international Jorginho said: “I think that is good, and that is good for the team, so the level of the team is  higher and the competition is good. 

“So we are more competitive between us, the level of the training is higher and everything is better.

"We just try to work even harder to have a chance to play.

“We try to win and we are winning so I’m ok, and when the call comes I’m working hard to be prepared for that.

Chelsea now have the chance to win the Group as the showdown with Sevilla could put them in pole position.

Jorginho added: “It’s a good opportunity for us to try and win the game and for our fitness and being top of the group is a big thing.

"We know that and we will try to win the game.”

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Frank Lampard's team made waves during the summer by splashing over £250million to bring in the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva.

It has given them one of the Premier League's most potent attacks – but behind them remains a defence that continues to leak goals, with 3-3 draws against West Brom and Southampton already behind them.

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However, while Blues boss Frank Lampard is likely to once more rotate in Seville, Julen Lopetegui cannot afford to rest any players despite already clinching their place in the knock-out stages.

Luuk de Jong and Lucas Ocampo are fitness doubts after missing training but first-choice keeper Bono and forward Carlos Fernandez are both out after testing positive for coronavirus.

Midfielders Marcos Acuna and Suso are out injured also.

Sevilla face Real Madrid next weekend but Lopetegui says Chelsea will be tough opponents who cannot be taken lightly.

Lopetegui said: “A couple of our players have not been able to train (De Jong and Ocampos) and I hope we can get them back and not lose anyone else.

“The match is a very exciting challenge, against a team that is designed to win the Champions League.

"They have the best attack in England (along with Liverpool ) and we are very excited about playing for the prize of top spot.

“We are in good form despite the players we are missing but I expect a very complex game against a side with a lot of individual and collective talent and we’ll have to double our work and efforts if we want to win.”

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