[Teams] Chelsea vs BATE Borisov: Confirmed Line-Ups From Stamford Bridge

Tanya Cunningham
October 26, 2018

"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".

"I told him at the beginning of the season I thought he was a very good player".

The England worldwide, who has been on the fringes of the Premier League squad this season, then added his second of the game shortly after when he turned in a Willian corner.

But he is enjoying a new lease of life under Sarri, who he claims wants them to "have fun" when they play.

Loftus-Cheek, 22, made the most of a start, scoring a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over BATE at Stamford Bridge. Now I think the same, but now he's more suited to my football, he's improving.

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

The 27-year-old has already been ruled out of the Europa League group match at home to Belarus outfit BATE Borisov on Thursday when Chelsea will hope to make it three wins from three games.

"As I said before, I have a tactical problem with the midfielders due to their characteristics". Damn the tactics, mentality, work rate etc etc etc that I keep hearing - bottom line, the boy scores goals, we need goals.

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

Sarri has found a winning formula in Europe without fielding his preferred strongest line-up and will have been delighted to see the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill step up while Eden Hazard and David Luiz were rested. With Jorginho and N'Golo Kante sure starters in the side, Loftus-Cheek is left to battle it out with Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley for the third midfield position.

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