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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back at Chelsea this season after his loan spell at Crystal Palace.

The Blues’ youngster is also part of England‘s team who tonight will face Switzerland: speaking with Sky Sports, Loftus-Cheek himself reflected on his career so far: “Being 22 feels quite old, considering some of the boys were playing when they were 17 or 18. I’d like to have more appearances by now, but it’s just the way my journey has gone, and I just have to be patient with it”. Loftus-Cheek said.  “I can see it as a positive; I’m playing for England, playing well when I play, and that’s without too many appearances so it’s still raw in that sense.”

Also, during the interview, Loftus-Cheek admitted the importance of his loan spell at Crystal Palace last season: “Being at Chelsea, it’s a top club with top players,” he said. “When I’m training at 17 or 18 with the first team, it was really good for my education playing with these top players”. Chelsea midfielder went on. “I really enjoyed playing and training with them, I could feel myself getting better every day and improving, but it got to a point where training wasn’t enough and you need the exposure in the Premier League. That’s when I took the chance to go to Palace, and even when that happened, I thought I could’ve done it earlier. I started really enjoying my football, playing in the Premier League every week, and I felt the benefits. The benefit of last season at Palace [was first-team football]. I was fortunate enough to be fit for that period where it’s like a game every three days over Christmas, and I got my body used to being able to play, have a rest, then play on a Tuesday. That was massive for me and I coped with it well.”

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Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso featured for Spain in their away victory at Wembley last time out.

Goals from Saul and Rodrigo were crucial as Luis Enrique‘s men came from behind to respond to Marcus Rashford’s early opener. Alonso was replaced in the second half as Thiago Alcantara replaced the Chelsea starlet.

Also Blues’ defender Cesar Azpilicueta showed on Twitter his support towards Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, who suffered a brutal head injury during the game. Azpilicueta was an unused sub in the game.

 

 

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has confirmed he is not expected to play for England national team following 8 years, 5 goals and 60 caps earned with the Three Lions.

Cahill, speaking in an interview which is available on “5th Stand official app”, told Chelsea’s official website: “I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that. I’ve been hugely proud of what I’ve achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour and something I’ve been really proud of”.

“At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely, I’ve been hugely honoured to play for my country and if I’m ever needed, I’m there”.

Speaking after Chelsea’s away win at Newcastle on Sunday, Blues’ boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed Cahill still needs more time to get the best shape and start to be a regular starter for the club.

 

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be very useful this season for Chelsea under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The England international, speaking to the club official website, has discussed the position on the field he would love to play:

Playing in a 4-3-3 in an attacking midfield position is kind of my position really, my suited position, so hopefully I can bring my best football to the team,” Loftus-Cheek said.

Then, the young midfielder also spoke about how the team is developing the new boss’ ideas: “The boys are working really hard trying to understand how the boss wants us to play, on and off the ball, and it will only get better”. he added.

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Chelsea have today unveiled Maurizio Sarri as their new boss with a press conference at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager told journalists: “Clearly we would always like to keep the strongest players, this is what any manager and club wants to do. We will have to see where the transfer market goes.

I am more of a field manager, a pitch manager than a general manager. I think I am one of the few managers bored by the transfermarket. I don’t want to talk about it, I am keen to growing the players we have”.

About Chelsea targets in the transfer market, Sarri added: “I cannot give you the names, because I don’t know. I spoke with the club and ideally I think that a pinch of quality is lacking in our centre-halves for a certain type of play. At the end of the transfers I will understand which type of game is the most suitable”.

“I cannot change 20 players, I must adapt and then I will see if we change some thing in my game because of their characteristics”.

About English players currently under contract at Chelsea: “Well, a number of English players is imposed so there will be some. I don’t want to make this distinction, I am not bothered about nationality.

Cahill can still give us a lot. In keeping the English players, something must be left. Juventus had the most Italians and it led to good results. We should respect a very long tradition”.

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard finishes is Russia 2018 World Cup on a high note: Hazard himself scored the second goal in Belgium’s win over England in the final for the third place of the competition.

Belgium won 2-0, scoring the first goal on the first half with PSGMeunier then Hazard scored in the second half.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois gained his third Russia 2018 World Cup’s clean sheet.

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England international and Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek told SkySports he “understands” the Blues are a massive club despite “not be given a chance” at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte’s management has been “so difficult”. 

The former Crystal Palace star said: “It’s been so difficult to go from playing every game then get to the seniors and not be given a chance. It’s really difficult mentally, there’s only so long you just enjoy training with top players.

“From a year ago, I’ve improved so much from playing. A game situation is completely different. It’s hard to compare the faith of Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson and my lack of chances at Chelsea because it’s such a big club – managers are under pressure and maybe don’t want to take a chance on a young player.

About Maurizio Sarri‘s imminent arrival, Loftus-Cheek added: “I don’t understand what’s going on behind the scenes fully, but Chelsea’s a massive club and I understand why chances don’t come so often”.

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Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi showed his sense of humour once again after tweeting on his embarrassing incident at the World Cup.

The former Borussia Dortmund striker smashed the ball into his own face in the celebrations following Adnan Januzaj opener in the 51st minute.

The Belgian striker wrote: “Fortnite celebrations are so overrated bro, I had to create something new”.

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Both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Michy Batshuayi played the whole game against England at the World Cup tonight as they had to cope also with Chelsea teammates Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Belgium earned a crucial win in their race for the top of Group G table, which means that Red Devils will play Japan in the last 16 on Monday.

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Eden Hazard remained an unused sub in Roberto Martinez’s team.

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Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill played the whole game against Belgium tonight, saving a certain goal from Michy Batshuayi earlier in the first half.

The England international and Blues’ captain was selected in the starting XI to face Red Devils in Kaliningrad, with also Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek involved in the game.

Chelsea stars Thibaut Courtois and Michy Batshuayi featured for Belgium, while Eden Hazard was an unused sub in Roberto Martinez’s team.

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