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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will continue working at Cobham after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.

The Italian boss, speaking after Chelsea’s narrow win in their second Europa League clash against FC Vidi, told journalists: “It’s better to stay in Cobham. At the moment for him, it’s very important to have a lot of training. In the last three, four weeks, he hasn’t been training a lot”.

“Now it’s better for him to stay to work. I have seen he is a great player from the technical point of view, from the physical point of view. He has to improve from a tactical point of view”.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given game time again after coming off the bench in the second half against both Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town.

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he will “have to” make several changes to the starting line-up for tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Hungarian side FC Vidi at Stamford Bridge. The Italian confirmed he will pick at least five players, who did not find space so far in the campaign.

When asked if Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson-Odoi could start together in Chelsea’s attacking third, Sarri said: “For sure not both, or Hazard or Odoi. I don’t know at the moment. As I said I would like to see every player in the period from the first international break and the second”.

Sarri confirmed tomorrow could be “time to see” Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield. On the England international he added: “He was unlucky in the last three weeks after the match with the national team. He had a problem, in the last five days he has been better so I think that he is able to play tomorrow. 

The pressure is normal for a player here, so also Ruben needs to get used to the pressure. It is normal for a player of our starting XI to have pressure from the club, the papers, television, from the manager”.

The Chelsea manager also gave an injury update on winger Pedro, before assessing Cesc Fabregas “has to improve the physical condition”.

He said: “I have to speak to Pedro who is doing better like Loftus-Cheek, but I think that tomorrow every player is available. I have to change five, six, seven players. I don’t know at the moment. I want to see training in the afternoon and to see the last training tomorrow morning.”

“I think Cesc [Fabregas] played very well in the last 30 minutes in Greece as well as for 90 minutes in Liverpool. He has to improve the physical condition of course but I think that he is a great option in this position. Not changing his style too much because Cesc is very good in moving the ball like Jorginho so we don’t need to change the way of football with Fabregas.”

 

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Chelsea will play their first Europa League game tomorrow night as the Blues will face Paok in Greece.

Italian manager Maurizio Sarri has decided to left out of the squad who is travelling to Greece, Belgian star Eden Hazard, defenders David Luiz and Emerson Palmieri and midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

On the other hand, both Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have returned to training and they are part of the squad ready to face Paok tomorrow night.

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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 boss Maurizio Sarri ruled Cesc Fabregas out for tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth:

“Cesc is still out,” the Italian manager revealed.

“He is working in water. We hope that next week he will be able to work on the pitch. I am sure the injury is not serious, but he has pain in the knee. The pain is still there so for him it is impossible to run on the pitch, only in water.’

Sarri claimed he had no reaction to his Premier League Manager of the Month nomination,but he spoke about Marcos Alonso, who is up for the Player of the Month:

“Alonso played very well for three matches. He is a very good player who can improve in the defensive phase. He has physical qualities at the top level, so I think he can do more in the defensive phase, but I’m not worried. He is a very good player and I think he can do more.”

The Italian coach was asked if anyone might leave before the loan transfer window closes tonight

“Maybe Tammy [Abraham]. It’s up to him. I am not able to guarantee to him a spot at the moment, but if he wants to remain I am very happy with him. He is very young for a striker, and he can improve more. It’s up to him.”

Sarri also commented Jorginho and N’Golo Kante performances so far this season

Jorginho in this moment is a very important player for us and he is used to playing my football. He is very useful for me, first of all, but also for his team-mates.

“Kante is a great midfielder, and he is able to play in every position in my midfield. It’s not a problem for him! I have been surprised by the technical qualities of Kante.”

Sarri spoke also about Ruben Loftus-Cheek who he says can feature more in the coming months

“I am very, very happy with him. In the last 10 days he has improved a lot. I am really very happy with him. He will be important for sure, starting in September when we will play every three days. I think Loftus will be very useful for us.

“I think he can be a Premier League starter at Chelsea. It’s not easy to play here, there are 25 very good players so it’s not easy to play in the starting XI, but if he improves more he will be ready to play from the beginning.

“He has to improve in order to play my football. He has great qualities from the physical and technical point of view, but he has to improve in the tactical point of view.”

Sarri didn’t want to discuss the Europa League draw claiming he has to study Chelsea opponents before, but he did revealed he met Cherries manager Eddie Howe some years ago:

“Eddie came to Empoli three or four years ago for a few days, and then I had three days with him when Napoli played a friendly in Bournemouth last year.

“I know him very well. He is a very interesting young coach. He will make a mark in English football in the future.

“Bournemouth are very dangerous opponents for us. They are well organised, they are dangerous in counter-attacks, so the match will be very difficult for us, but we want to be in control of the match, and try to gain points.”

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Maurizio Sarri has confirmed both Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are “important players” for Chelsea and will be involved soon despite not featuring in the first two games of Premier League season.

The Italian manager also claimed he hopes Mateo Kovacic will remain here in the future” after joining the Blues on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

On Mateo Kovacic, who came off the bench against Arsenal as well as Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard: “I thought Mateo and Eden played very well in the last 30 minutes, but also in that moment the intensity of the match was going down.

Like Eden, Mateo is ready to play for 60 or 65 minutes. I like him very much so I hope that he will remain here in the future”.

About Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was not named among the subs for the London derby against Arsenal last Saturday: “It was only a decision about the positions, I chose to put two wingers on the bench and only one midfielder.

I’ve spoken with him twice this week after I spoke to the club, I think Loftus will remain with us, we can speak again about his situation but only in December”.

Gary Cahill needs more time to get the best shape before making his debut for Chelsea in the 2018/19 campaign, according to Sarri.

He said: “In this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training. It’s easier for offensive players so in this moment he needs to have much more training with us. I told him he needs to be patient but he is very important for us”.

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed why Ruben Loftus-Cheek was left out of the team-squad in yesterday’s derby against Arsenal:

“It depends on the position on the pitch,” said Sarri, when asked why Loftus-Cheek was not included.

“I prefer to have on the bench two wingers, and only one midfielder. So it depends on this. Not any other situation. ‘I needed on the bench one goalkeeper, one full-back, one centre-back, maybe two midfielders and only one winger, but yesterday I preferred vice versa, two wingers and one midfielder.”

Chelsea won 3-2 with goals by Pedro, Morata and Marcos Alonso.

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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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Ruben Loftus-Cheek hit the post in the ICC clash between Chelsea and Olympique Lyon at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Maurizio Sarri was full of praise when asked to provide a comment on the England international disposal against the Ligue 1 giants: “He is potentially a great player” Sarri told journalists.

“He has to improve on the tactical point of view. But it is not a problem. He is very young, he can be a very useful for us”.

The 22-year-old was substituted in the second half, when Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley all came off the bench to replace Loftus-Cheek, Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

 

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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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