Fri 22 October 2021 | 22:15

Jorginho: I was pretty sure Saka would miss Euro 2020 penalty

Jorginho has claimed that he knew Bukayo Saka would miss England’s penalty kick in Euro 2020 final.

Although Chelsea midfielder


, who is usually reliable from 12 yards, had the chance to score the tournament-winning penalty in the

Euro 2020

final after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes at Wembley, he was denied by Jordan Pickford.

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka then stepped up needing to score to keep England’s hopes alive and the take the shootout to sudden death, but he was also denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma to win the Henri Delaunay Trophy for Italy.

Jorginho has claimed that he knew it was ‘done’ as he knew Saka would miss their decisive penalty kick.

“I still think about the final, especially the penalty,"

he told



"People might say it doesn’t matter, but it does for me. It hurts. It still hurts now, even though we won. Whoever says it doesn’t because it doesn’t matter is a liar.”

When he was asked how many times he has watched the final back, he replied:

“Not that much, probably because it hurts a bit. I couldn’t believe it, Pickford did very well.

“I just thought ‘f***, I disappointed my teammates’ because they trusted me so much in that moment. Then, when I walked back, and it was a long, long walk, I looked and saw it was [Bukayo] Saka and Gigio [Donnarumma] and I was pretty sure he was going to save it. I was like ‘it’s OK, it’s done’.”

Jorginho has also won the Champions League with Chelsea.

When he was asked what he would have said at the start of 2021 if he had been told he'd finish it with Euro 2020 and Champions League winners' medals, the UEFA men's player of the year award, and potentially the label of the best player on the planet, added:

“Ha, I’d say ‘where can I sign? In everyone’s mind, that wouldn’t be possible because it would be, like, too much. But then nothing’s impossible, you just need to believe. And want it, really want it and then you can achieve it.

“It’s unreal. Because my dream was just to be a professional footballer and then things started to happen and I kept believing and working really hard.”

source: SportMob

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