Sarri says Chelsea have ‘tactical problem’ after Loftus-Cheek stars

Marcos Alonso takes the ball away from Manchester United's Marcus Rashford

But the England midfielder has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, and Sarri said only defensive improvement was likely to lead to more chances for Loftus-Cheek. 'In the offensive phase wonderful. At the beginning of the season, I told him he was a really good player, now I think he is more suitable to my football.

"I think my debut was still more special, just because you dream of that as a kid". At the moment we have four midfielders for two positions, and three of them with the same characteristics.

Loftus-Cheek's hat-trick was the first by a Chelsea player in Europe since Didier Drogba's against Levski Sofia in 2006 - and the first by an Englishman since Harry Kane for Tottenham against Asteras Tripolis four years ago.

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.

'He needs to improve in the defensive phase, but it's not only Loftus. "I'm back on track and I hope I'll continue to improve, score goals and get assists".

"It's very hard for me to put in the starting XI two offensive midfielders at the same time".




"I need the cooperation of the players of course. It's a little problem and I don't know how to solve it", he said.

"So first thing's first, I need to keep up the good habits - eating well, sleeping well and training well and if I keep doing that then good things will come".

"The reality is, you are talking about a 60-game season and you are not going to play the same starting XI week in, week out", he said.

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

Loftus-Cheek has been held up as something of a symbol of Chelsea's failure to integrate their talented academy products into the first team, with their loan programme regularly criticised by outsiders.

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