Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was part of Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning squad in 2017 but the England international insists winning the Europa League will be special to him because he played a big role in Chelsea’s Europa League campaign.
“I’ve won the Premier League but it didn’t feel the same because I hadn’t had a big contribution to it,” said Loftus-Cheek, according to Daily Mail.
“But this season the Europa League is where I’ve had most of my game time.
“So it would feel amazing to be a main player in the team, with goals and assists, to then lift that trophy.
“I don’t know what that feeling would be like as I’ve never done it. But it would be amazing.
“The final’s going to be a tough one. Firstly it will just be amazing to be a part of a European final.
“It will be the biggest game of my career if I do play.
“But I look forward to it with all the excitement and fun that comes with it.
“And I think we have to do that, you know, coming into a big game like that we’ve got to be focused but also enjoy it.
“It’s such a big occasion that sometimes you can let it get to you but I think we just have to be relaxed and enjoy it and play our best football.
“Against Arsenal, another English side, will be fun.”
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero in Chelsea’s penalty shootout victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge and Loftus-Cheek believes Kepa has redeemed himself after refusing to be substituted in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City in February.
Asked if Kepa’s penalty heroics washed away lingering concerns, Loftus-Cheek said: “Yes absolutely, I ran straight towards him at the end of the shootout.
“We obviously went down and he’s pulled off two fantastic saves, one between his legs that he’s just squeezed out. It’s fantastic for him.
“I was so nervous on the sideline. But it just felt amazing when Eden (Hazard) put that last penalty away, knowing we’re going to Baku for the final.”