Tuchel set a challenge for Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has challenged Ruben Loftus-Cheek to ‘use his full potential’ after the midfielder was praised for his performance during Tuesday’s 1-0 win in Malmo.
The academy graduate started only his second Champions League match
With his full debut in the competition occurring more than six years ago.
Loftus-Cheek took time to make his mark on the Group H contest but created two great chances in Sweden
Produced several other excellent touches to continue his encouraging recent form which has seen him start three games during the past month.
Tuchel said after Hakim Ziyech’s goal earned a narrow victory at Eleda Stadion.
‘I was a bit worried in the first 15 minutes if Ruben can find another gear”
“But I heard before it was his first Champions League match since 2015 from the start,’
‘Yeah, I think we can give the boys credit sometimes to be maybe nervous and find their way into the match”
“I am happy he fought his way through and in the moment it is symbolic for me he does not disappear or stay invisible”
‘He wants to dominate opponents, he wants not to just be a part of the game”
“Because I think he is too talented to just be a part of the group”
“He needs to use his full potential – that is the absolute key for him”
“And if he does like in this moment he can be a big part of the squad”
‘That is why I am very happy and after the first 15 minutes he was involved in a lot of dangerous moments for us”
“I am happy he pushes himself through these little downs and comes up with another strong performance”
‘I am very happy with him and the next step is to show consistency”
“Push himself because the limit can constantly be pushed because he has so much potential”
Chelsea were far from their best against the 1979 European Cup runners-up
However, but sealed a third win out of four games thanks to Ziyech’s 56th-minute tap-in.
The goal came following a subtle half-time tactical switch which saw Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi swap flanks
With the latter able to produce a wonderful cross from deep on the right.
Blues boss Tuchel paid tribute to Arno Michels for the change, adding: ‘All the credit to my assistant”
“He had the idea at half time and we liked it, so to have two right-footed on the right side and two left-footed on the left side.