“He wants to dominate opponents. He has so much potential” – Tuchel hails Chelsea player after performance against Malmo

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has challenged Ruben Loftus-Cheek to ‘use his full potential’ after his impressive performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Malmo on Tuesday evening.

Loftus-Cheek started his first Champions League game in six years after Tuchel opted to play the midfielder from the start against Malmo.

“I was a bit worried in the first 15 minutes if Ruben can find another gear but I heard before it was his first Champions League match since 2015 from the start,” Tuchel said.

“Yeah, I think we can give the boys credit sometimes to be maybe nervous and find their way into the match. I am happy he fought his way through and in the moment it is symbolic for me he does not disappear or stay invisible.

“He wants to dominate opponents, he wants not to just be a part of the game because I think he is too talented to just be a part of the group. He needs to use his full potential – that is the absolute key for him – and if he does like in this moment he can be a big part of the squad.

“That is why I am very happy and after the first 15 minutes he was involved in a lot of dangerous moments for us. I am happy he pushes himself through these little downs and comes up with another strong performance.

“I am very happy with him and the next step is to show consistency and push himself because the limit can constantly be pushed because he has so much potential.”

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