Tuchel says ‘strong’ Chelsea player is not setting high enough standards for himself

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek is capable of reaching new heights if it was not for his accepting lower standards for himself.

Similar to Trevoh Chalobah, the 25=year-old seems to have cemented his place as a reliable option at Chelsea after his surprise inclusion in the first-team squad at the start of the season.

He failed to impress during the loan spell at Fulham last season, and his Chelsea career was arguably close to an end.

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At that point, was widely seen as an attacking player, and Chelsea had already had plenty of attacking options.

However, Tuchel sees him as a No. 6 or a No. 8 and this has helped Loftus-Cheek rediscover his form.

We saw what he did against Malmo, completing eight dribbles as well as creating three chances from the midfield position.

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Tuchel believes the only thing that has slowed down Loftus-Cheek’s progress is that, sometimes, he is not demanding of himself.

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“That’s why he plays for us. Otherwise, there is no chance to play in midfield for us if you’re not in a good place mentally and physically,” the manager told Chelsea TV about Loftus-Cheek.

“He’s been very strong, since day one, and he’s absolutely aware of his potential.

“But with him, I think it’s not about potential, it’s about setting the standard every single match and pushing the limits.

“Because I think he still accepts the limits [which are not for him]. We want him to constantly set a new standard.”


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