CHELSEA star Jorginho says he knew Bukayo Saka was going to miss his Euro 2020 final penalty for England against Italy.
The Blues’ spot-kick specialist surprisingly missed his own pen in the Wembley shoot-out before Arsenal star Saka did the same with the the next kick, which handed the Italians the title.
Jorginho says he knew Bukayo Saka was going to miss his penalty against Italy in the final of Euro 2020Credit: Reuters
The Arsenal ace saw his spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma after Jorginho’s was stopped by Jordan Pickford moments beforeCredit: AP
Neither team could break the 1-1 deadlock from normal time which saw the final go to penalties.
But the penalty-scoring machine saw what would have been his trophy-winning attempt saved Jordan Pickford.
And although Jorginho still gets hung up on his own miss, he says he knew Saka was going to save his blushes.
The 29-year-old told the Telegraph: “I still think about the final, especially the penalty.
“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.
“I just thought ‘f***, I disappointed my team-mates’ 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 Saka and Gigio [Donnarumma] and I was pretty sure he was going to save it.
“I was like ‘It’s OK, it’s done’.”
Euros glory capped a perfect year for the Brazilian-born Italy international.
It came after winning the Champions League with Chelsea and the Uefa Super Cup and Uefa men’s Player of the Year soon followed.
And his phenomenal 12 months has now been followed by a Ballon d’Or nomination.
Jorginho said he would always pick team awards over personal gongs.
And he also revealed his sixth sense over Saka stretched to the tournament as a whole.
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He added: “I went to the Euros and I could feel there was something in the air, the atmosphere.
“First game in Italy, there was something special in the air between the people outside the hotel, the music, the music we put on the bus, the atmosphere between us.
“There was such a strong connection and such a good atmosphere. It felt like ‘this is our moment, don’t lose it’.”