‘Self-confidence doesn’t come from being big and tall’ – Tuchel fires hot message to Loftus-Cheek

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel spoke at length about Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The 26-year-old has all the physical attributes to be a top player, and his skill-set is high class.

However, for all his talent and physicality, Loftus-Cheek has never taken his game to the next level on a consistent basis.

Tuchel believes Loftus-Cheek has everything to be a top level player, but he’s lacking in confidence which has affected his consistency.

Loftus-Cheek put in very good performances against Southampton and Real Madrid, and he has been urged by his manager to continue from there.

Tuchel was asked if Loftus-Cheek’s supposed lack of self-confidence, especially given his stature, was a surprise. He replied: “Self-confidence doesn’t come from being big and tall and good looking, which he is.

“It also comes from experience, and I still have the feeling that Ruben is maybe a bit surprised that he can do it for 105 minutes in this kind of position [against Real Madrid]. Now he needs to re-impose that.

“He can do it in training, but he needs to do it in games, it’s very different. He lacked the stability to go out on loan and be a key player, and he lacked this history. It was not like he was the absolutely key player when he was on loan [at Fulham], and then he came back – he always shows his potential, always shows his potential.

“He is a very nice guy and a quiet guy. As I say, it’s not over-confidence, it’s the opposite. He needs to impose it by keeping the focus, trusting himself, and pushing himself to the next game, pushing himself to the physical limit. I don’t think he is fully aware of what he can produce, what he can physically give. I think he is still in the situation where he accepts limits too early, and he is used to that. This is where we are with him, but we will keep on pushing.

“Hopefully, he can produce the third or fourth performance and then more of these performances without also being injured because this is also, unfortunately, a big part of his history. So to sum it all up, it is way too early for him to think about anything else.”

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