Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Ruben Loftus-Cheek must improve

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Mourinho had approved the loaning of Moses to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham United while he was managing Chelsea, where the star's contract runs until the end of the 2020-2021 season. He has only made five appearances this season, with two coming in the Premier League.

With Chelsea reverting to a back-four at the behest of Maurizio Sarri this season, Alonso is playing in a different position but has seemingly avoided the memo and is an ever-present in the Chelsea attack.

Asked about Loftus-Cheek's performance, Sarri replied: "He is a very good player, of course, but I have a little problem".

Asked if Sarri had improved him, he said: "Definitely, but I'll always improve as a player day by day, technically and tactically from training". Damn the tactics, mentality, work rate etc etc etc that I keep hearing - bottom line, the boy scores goals, we need goals.

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"For example, Jorginho we need to rest now, because he played 90 minutes the two matches with the worldwide team [Italy], and then he played for 100 minutes in the last match [against Manchester United, which had 10 minutes of injury time]". It's time to rest him. All matches were in the Europa League group stages.

The 27-year-old has struggled with more defensive responsibility alongside Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger at the centre of Chelsea FC's defence.

Loftus-Cheek's display delighted the home crowd, whose team strolled to a third win from three Group L matches, although they switched off with 11 minutes remaining, allowing Aleksei Rios to pull a goal back with a close-range tap in. However, just 10 of these have been on target (20%), with just two finding the net (4%).