This year, the usually dependable penalty taker has failed to score three times in major international tournaments.
After Jorginho’s stoppage-time penalty miss against Switzerland in World Cup qualifying on Friday, Italy manager Roberto Mancini defended the midfielder.
The Azzurri would have likely won with a goal, but instead had to settle for a 1-1 draw, tying them with Switzerland in Group C with one game remaining.
Mancini said Jorginho “felt like kicking it and it’s right that he did” as the Chelsea player is regarded as one of his nation’s best penalty takers.
“We missed a penalty in the first leg and one in the return, these things happen,” Mancini said in his post-match interview with RAI Sport.
“Jorginho felt like kicking it and it’s right that he did. He is one of the [best] penalty takers in the team.
“In the first half we suffered and struggled. Then we came out well but missed the winning goal.”
Giovanni Di Lorenzo also reacted to the Penalty miss, in his words: “Jorginho is a great champion and our penalty taker, we will help him get through this moment.”