Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored for the fifth time this season as Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The 22-year-old was a second-half substitute against Claudio Ranieri’s side, and he scored the all important goal to help cushion the victory after Pedro’s early opener.
Speaking about the goal which he scored in the 82nd minute, Loftus-Cheek said: “I thought we needed that cushion because Fulham were dangerous, definitely in the last 20 minutes, so it was good to get the goal to take a bit of pressure off us.
“I tried to lay the ball off to Eden and I turned, and there was a big space in front and luckily he played the ball through and I finished it.
“We needed to follow the game at Tottenham up with a win on Thursday and in this game as well in the Premier League.
“It is a tough game playing Fulham and credit to them because they were dangerous at times, they have a new manager now and they look solid, so a tough game for us and good to get the win.”
Loftus-Cheek who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace has revealed that he’s working hard to get into the team, and true to his words the young midfielder has impressed when called upon.
Loftus-Cheek is yet to get a start in the Premier League as he’s currently behind Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley, and Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he wants the academy product to improve tactically on his game and that he has lapses defensively.
Loftus-Cheek has assured that he’s doing his best and has vowed to work hard on all sides.
“When I get time to play I am always doing my best,” he said. “This season it looked like I am getting time in the Europa League and I had to be ready for that, and if I do well in the Europa League then maybe I will get more minutes in the Premier League, like this game and I will try to do my best.
“The more I play the better I feel and the better I play. Days like this I get my time to play and try to take it, whether that is a goal or an assist or making blocks. I have to do things both defensively and offensively.”