The Chelsea midfielder and his Italian teammates will seek to continue their unbeaten record under Italian manager, Roberto Mancini when they face the Spanish national team at the San Siro stadium in the nations league semi-final tie today. Both sides met at the semi-final stages of the Euro 2020 tournament, where Italy emerged victorious in a penalty shootout.
While Spain will probably set out for a revenge today, Italy will want to further establish themselves as a European force by inflicting another defeat on Luis Enrique's men. One Italy player, who could benefit greatly from a victory for Italy is Jorginho, and in this article, we will analyze in details one major reason why a win for Roberto Mancini's men could help Jorginho win the Ballon D'or this year.
Jorginho was recently named the UEFA men's player of the year at the Champions League group stage draw after having had an impressive year. He was instrumental for Chelsea as they won the UEFA Champions League title for the second time in their history in May. The former Napoli playmaker also played a crucial role as Italy won the Euro 2020 tournament. Due to his impressive performances and the number of trophies won so far this year, calls have been made that the Italy midfielder should be awarded the Ballon D'or award this year.
However, despite his outstanding performances, Lionel Messi has been tipped to pip Jorginho to the prestigious individual award come the end of the year. Looking at the fixtures both players have ahead of them before the end of the year at international level, Jorginho seems to have an edge over Messi because he could win another trophy before the Ballon D'or award is being given out.
With Messi, not competing in any major tournament till next year, Jorginho's chances of pipping the Argentina captain to the individual award could be boosted tonight if he led Italy to the UEFA nation's league final, which will guarantee him the opportunity of contesting for another major trophy.
While Spain will not come easily for Italy, we still believe that Roberto Mancini's side has what it takes to go all the way again and emerge victorious.
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