SARRI REVEALS WHAT IS MISSING IN LOFTUS-CHEEK’S GAME

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek had a good game in the 1-0 victory over MOL Vidi FC and was eventually substituted after the hour mark.

The 22-year-old impressed with a lot of forward runs into Vidi’s box and almost won a penalty for the team.

Loftus-Cheek is currently behind Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in the pecking order for the advanced midfield position and Maurizio Sarri believes the Chelsea academy product has to improve in the tactical aspect of his game.

“I have seen he is a great player from the technical point of view, from the physical point of view,” said the Italian.

“He has to improve from a tactical point of view. I think he has played a very good match, from the physical point of view and the technical point of view.

“I want more, from the tactical point of view, because we conceded three, four counter-attacks to the opponent.

“We have to do better, especially in these cases, with the mistakes. But I’m sure he will improve.

“I think in this moment for the player it’s better to stay in Cobham [Chelsea’s training ground].

“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. I think now it’s better for him to stay to work.”

However, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson who took Loftus-Cheek on loan last season wants the midfielder back with the Eagles, after the Chelsea youngster impressed there last season and earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

“Ruben Loftus-Cheek did an outstanding job for us when he came here,” Hodgson said of Loftus-Cheek.

“He really answered all the questions that we hoped he would answer, and luckily for us and even more for him, it got him recognised by the national team. He found himself in Russia representing England, which was a perfect end to the season had had for us.

“We admire him, we like him very much and we wish him well, and of course like a lot of other clubs I’m sure, when the day comes when he becomes available for transfer, we will be sticking our noses into that. But whether we will get him again, that’s another matter. Who knows, we will see.”

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