Still 'difficult' to find a place for Loftus-Cheek, says Sarri

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek made a real statement with his hat-trick against BATE Borisov, according to Emma Hayes.

Nor did it overshadow the standout performance from England global Loftus-Cheek, who will not be getting carried away in his bid for a first Premier League start of the season.

The 27-year-old has not impressed new manager Maurizio Sarri after being a regular under Antonio Conte, and could be another player on the move next year. 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.

"He is asking me to improve defensively and positionally", Loftus-Cheek began as he clutched the match ball following a night when his name rang around Stamford Bridge with regularity.

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.

"They are offensive midfielders, only one has other characteristics - Kante is a defensive midfielder".

'It's very hard for me to put in the starting XI two so offensive midfielders at the same time. "I'm back on track and I hope I'll continue to improve, score goals and get assists". He's a talent - with my England hat on I need to see him playing'. So it is important to train well, keep your good habits - eat well and sleep well - so that when games like this come along you can be as close to your best physical shape as possible.

Ross Barkley has only made three league starts for Chelsea this season, with Sarri's men unbeaten in 13 games since their Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

After the speculation surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge since the summer transfer window closed, Loftus-Cheek needed to make a statement in order to reaffirm his status as a member of Maurizio Sarri's squad.

"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.

"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".

That's the view of former Blues midfielder Glenn Hoddle, who says that he is too talented to be sat on the sidelines.

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