Sarri Urged To Have More Faith In This Player

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Former Chelsea manager Glenn Hoddle has urged Mauricio Sarri to have more faith in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Loftus-Cheek impressed as Chelsea earned a valuable draw in the Europa League semi-final first leg at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Chelsea target Luka Jovic opened the scoring for the hosts before Pedro gave the Blues a valuable away goal on 26 minutes with Loftus-Cheek providing the assist.

Loftus-Cheek has played 37 times for Chelsea this season with 22 of those appearances as a substitute. Hoddle believes Loftus-Cheek deserves to play regularly for the Blues.

“I just think the manager has got to trust him more and more,” said Hoddle on BT Sport.

“There’s more to come from this lad by the way, we haven’t seen the best of him yet – if he’s given the shirt, if he knows the managers going to put him in on the big games, if he says you’re an eight for me, one holding player and two eights and you will be one of them.

“There’s more to come, if he’s given the shirt, plays consistently. I think he’s frustrated, I see the frustration in his game, and then I think he can get back in the England team. He has such a frame. He might have to score more goals.”

Former Manchester United star Owen Hargreaves was also impressed with the performance of Loftus-Cheek against Eintracht Frankfurt and believes Loftus-Cheek was Chelsea’s best player.

Owen Hargreaves said: “I thought he was the best player on the pitch for Chelsea. Maybe he’s benefitting from the coaching, in the position, you always see him in those half positions now, with his frame he can take the ball in any position, I mean what is he, 6,3 6,4?

“Technically he’s very good, he can drive. He can drive by people so effortlessly.

“I think his overall play, his link up play, his intelligence, he was Chelsea’s best player.

“I know he’s 23, but that was a mature performance in a semi-final against probably the best team they’ve played in the Europa league so far.”

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