Ruben Loftus-Cheek hits hat-trick in rare start for Chelsea

26 October, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Isabel Grant
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The England global marked just his fourth appearance of the season with his first goals since April when on loan at Crystal Palace, and his first in a Blues shirt since April 2016. "In the offensive phase he was wonderful", the Italian told a news conference.

"I'm in a totally different frame of mind this season", Barkley told the Evening Standard.

He became the first Chelsea player since Didier Drogba in 2006 to score a hat-trick in Europe and the first Englishman to achieve the feat for the club since Peter Osgood and Tommy Baldwin in 1971.

Chelsea have won all three matches in Group L as they will be traveling to the Eastern European nation to take on the Belorussian side in a return leg in two weeks.

'He needs to improve in the defensive phase, but it's not only Loftus.

"The first thing in my head is to keep training well, even though I'm playing well it's really important to train as hard as I can to keep fitness up and keep sharp for when times like this do come when I get an opportunity to start or come on".

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"For a manager who has been in the game for a long time, it would be daft for me not to take on what he is telling me. I'm back on track and I hope I'll continue to improve, score goals and get assists". He is so demanding on shape, but also wants you to play freely as well, which I why we can play such free flowing football. I need an improvement in the defensive phase'.

And if he doesn't see his game time increased in the coming months, the former England manager says it could be time to leave the club for Loftus-Cheek.

"I have a little problem as I have to put 11 players in the starting XI and I have 28 players".

"As a player-manager relationship it works - we both have respect for each other".

The 22-year-old midfielder drilled in a low Davide Zappacosta cross as the Blues led after two minutes, and Loftus-Cheek doubled his tally when he hooked in from a corner.

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