Jorginho is Chelsea’s ‘joker in the group’ but Mount has no desire to poke fun at his team-mate after Italy’s shocked failure to qualify
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Mount revealed ahead of last summer’s EURO final between England and the Azzurri that the Italy midfielder was the king of wind-up dealers at Stamford Bridge. One of his pranks involves heating the cleats on his boots in a machine used to heat her boots and press them against bare skin.
But Mount insists there was no temptation to give Jorginho a taste of his own medicine Italy’s shock play-off defeat by North Macedonia on Thursday evening. Mount said: “I always mention that Jorgy is the joker in the group.
“But when it comes to big games against us, there’s nothing but respect between us all. When you’re at that level and you play in finals, there’s football at stake and there’s passion in the game.
“Your country’s hunger for victory means so much that you would never joke about it afterwards. It’s about respect. If you look at how far both teams (England and Italy) had to come to get that chance in the final, it was a lot of work.
“So, no, I’m not going to joke with him or talk about what happened to Italy. It’s hard for me to see a player I’ve played with for the past three years go through something like this.
“You know how much hard work it takes to get into this position so it’s so disappointing to come up short. I actually sent him a little message and said, ‘Keep your head up, you’ve had a great season and hopefully we can continue this season to win even more together.'”
After Italy’s shock defeat by North Macedonia, Jorginho admitted he felt responsible for Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, having missed penalties in both group stage draws against Switzerland.
“It hurts when I think about it because I still think about it and it will haunt me for the rest of my life,” he told RAI Sport. “Performing there twice and not being able to help your team and your country is something I will carry with me forever and it weighs on me. People say we have to lift our heads and move on, but it’s tough.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/chelsea-mason-mount-jorginho-italy-26565470 Mason Mount texts Jorginho as Italy's World Cup exit 'haunts' Chelsea midfielder