Jorginho plays down Ballon d’Or talk and focuses on Belgium test

Belgium’s biggest attacking weapons will need to be kept quiet and Jorginho has recent experience of coming out on top against Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, a player he knows must be kept under close observation.

‘Mancini doesn’t ask me for advice on De Bruyne,’ he said. ‘He doesn’t need it. He knows how to enhance our qualities and neutralise those of the opponents.

‘He is certainly a player who makes the difference because he is gifted with this extraordinary football intelligence. We must limit him by taking away spaces and preventing him from crossing.’

And what of Romelu Lukaku, Belgium’s top scorer at the tournament with three goals? Who will come out on top between the former Chelsea striker and Italy centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini?

‘Our defenders – there are two,’ answered Jorginho with that trademark wide grin. If that proves to be the case, it will be Italian smiles all round in Munich tomorrow.

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