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Maurizio Sarri admits Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to improve tactically at Chelsea

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea FC at St. James Park on August 26, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is struggling for playing time at Chelsea. (AMA/Getty Images)

Maurizio Sarri admits Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to improve tactically in order to become a first-team regular at Chelsea.

The 22-year-old was considering leaving Stamford Bridge on loan this summer but decided to remain at the club to fight for a place in Sarris midfield.

But Loftus-Cheek has been given only 22 minutes to impress in Chelseas opening three league games and faces a battle to start ahead of new summer signings Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.

Sarri, however, insists he has been pleased with Loftus-Cheeks efforts in training and believes the midfielder will start more games when Chelseas fixture schedule becomes more congested.

I can say Im very happy with him, because in the last 10 days he has improved a lot, said Sarri.

Im really very happy with him. I think he will be important for sure. Starting in September, we will play every three days.

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Loftus-Cheek has played only 22 minutes in the Premier League this season. (BPI/REX/Shutterstock)

He will be very important and very useful for us.

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I think so [he can push for a start]. Its not easy to play here because there are 25 very good players, so its not easy to play in the starting line-up, but I think he will improve more.

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He has to improve, just in order to play my football.

He has great qualities from a physical point of view, and technical point of view.

I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view, nothing else.

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