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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a late winner as Chelsea won 2-1 at Cardiff on Sunday.

Loftus-Cheek impressed after coming on for Jorginho, which leaves many wondering why Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri doesn’t start Loftus-Cheek more often.

The 23-year-old midfielder has now revealed what Maurizio Sarri said to him when he came on that helped make the difference.

“The boss said to me when I came on to tell Ross [Barkley] to sit a bit more, and try and get in the box as much as I can,” Loftus-Cheek said. “I did that.

“I had a feeling we were going to get chances, and I said to myself to get in the box and hopefully one would arrive.

“I was just focused on the ball and tried to attack the ball. I got a little bit of a shoulder drop in there and managed to get in front of him. I didn’t see it all the way, I closed my eyes, but it ended up in the net so all good!”

Loftus-Cheek acknowledged it was far from our best performance of the season but insisted three points is all that matters at this stage of the season.

“The first half was scrappy. It didn’t look like we were creating too many chances to score. We came out second half and conceded early again, but this time we stuck with it and managed to get two goals,” Loftus-Cheek added.

“I felt like we had the game in control late on and we had most of the ball, so chances were going to come. Eden coming off the bench helped. We stuck with it and we played more with the ball in their half as well.

“Cardiff defended very well, blocking shots, winning headers, winning duels, so it was difficult. We knew it would be. A win is a win and we take the three points. It will help massively. Top four is the aim and we need to continue to go for it.”

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