Thomas Tuchel revealed what Ruben Loftus-Cheek must do to have a sustained spell in the Chelsea starting XI. The player has been at Chelsea since 2014 but his progress has not been as significant as other players in the squad.
After a brilliant performance in Chelsea’s loss to Real Madrid, Tuchel addressed what Ruben needs to do, going forward:
“We knew the player all the time. It was so promising, but it was always like, will he have his breakthrough? Now, will he have his breakthrough?
“He is at a certain age now, and he’s never had his breakthrough, everybody is still waiting, still waiting for the next step and the next step.
“So for him, it’s crucial, crucial, crucial to focus on the very day he is in. It can be a huge distraction to think a week ahead, two weeks ahead, or a month ahead about what can be. There could have been so much more, and it does not make sense to worry because he is where he is.
“We speak a lot about this. He is gifted to be here, and it is a huge, huge opportunity. He has everything that it takes – he wouldn’t play, or we wouldn’t count on him otherwise – but he has heard this for many years, maybe too much. He heard this throughout the academy levels.
“Through the loans, everybody was telling him how good the potential is and how big a future there can be. But the future is only there if you live up to it in the present.
“He needs to trust himself. With him, it’s not overconfidence with him, it’s the opposite. He needs to get confidence in his body physically and his ability to do this [type of performance] not once or twice, but three, four, ten, twenty times. The next step is to do it for the third time in a row because he was excellent against Southampton [and Real Madrid].”
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