Maurizio Sarri: 'Ruben Loftus-Cheek has to improve'

Pedro and Mateo Kovacic in training this week

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has backed Ruben Loftus-Cheek to make a big impact this season despite the England midfielder's lack of game time so far. He is confident the 22-year-old will get more minutes once Europa League and Carabao Cup commitments begin in September, but said that a regular starting spot will not come easily.

"Seeing his team play and knowing that whatever you see on the pitch, if it's impressive then there's impressive things going on behind the scenes it's as simple as that really", he said. "But I was surprised from the technical qualities of Kante".

"They are very unsafe opponents for us, I think, because they are well organised, they are risky in counter-attacks, so I think the match will be very hard for us. So I think he will be very important and very useful for us". I think he needs to improve from the tactical point of view.

Maurizio Sarri believes Marcos Alonso is a "very good player" but can still work on his defensive attributes. "Because in the last 10 days he has improved a lot", Sarri told reporters on Friday.

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'It's not easy to play here, because here there are 20, 25 very good players, so it's not easy to play in the starting XI, but I think if he will improve more, he is ready to play from the beginning.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is delighted Maurizio Sarri is now with Chelsea. I know him very well. I think he will make a mark in the English football in the future.

Chelsea host Bournemouth this Saturday in their final game before the first global break of the season, after a good start under Sarri winning all three matches so far.

He hopes that his loan to Everton will provide him a chance to progress beyond his injury problems into a top-class Premier League centre-half with Chelsea.

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