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Jorginho has revealed he’s been training throughout the week thinking he might get the chance to score a penalty past Everton’s Jordan Pickford at the weekend.

The Everton goalscorer got the better of our midfield in last summer’s European Championship final, fending off Jorginho’s penalty for England against Italy.

However, a lot of time has passed since that Wembley final and, although that kick is fresh in Jorgi’s mind, the Chelsea midfielder imagined his chances when we met at Goodison Park during of our first Premier League clash of the season – with the Italian sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards out to ensure we took all three points with the game’s only goal.

“I think about things when I’m standing over the ball ready to take a penalty and of course I thought about that moment for a split second [Euros penalty miss]”, the midfielder explained after the 1-0 away win.

“Throughout the week I work on my shots on goal and watch what the opposing keeper does, how he tends to dive and what he could do at that moment to try to save the shot.

“I was thinking about it and in my head I made the decision of where to hit the ball and luckily this time it was the right call.

“I was definitely thinking about my last penalty against him [Pickford] and for me, a penalty is 70/75 percent in the head. There’s a lot of psychology in there.

“I trained a lot in the week for this moment. It came and luckily for me and the team it went well!

Jorginho played a key role in our Matchday 1 victory and the midfielder was delighted the team had ‘fought hard’ to earn the three points on Merseyside.

“We really had to give a lot and suffer to get the win,” he added. “We know it’s a very difficult stadium to come and play.

“The atmosphere was great and I’m glad we stayed humble, worked hard and put in a lot of effort to get this win. It was the perfect start for us.

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