'I'm not happy': Tuchel makes claim about Chelsea player who was 'shy' in last week's appearance
Thomas Tuchel’s latest message to Chelsea player Ruben Loftus-Cheek is that he needs to unlock the “monster” in him.
Blues manager Tuchel, 48, has been frequently asked about Loftus-Cheek during the past month.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been getting plenty of minutes on the pitch, including four consecutive starts in the Premier League.
His career at Stamford Bridge has been up and down over the years since coming through the academy, but he’s definitely getting a fair crack under the current manager to try rediscover his best touch in West London.
Tuchel’s recently alluded to the fact that Loftus-Cheek needs to do more in games of what he shows in training.
Chelsea’s boss has explained in his latest comments that he’s not happy with just giving the Englishman minutes because he’s got high expectations of him. In addition, he’s said Loftus-Cheek was “shy” in last week’s appearance in the Arsenal defeat.
“He is influential and involved in goals lately, which is very good. He needs to push himself to the limit that is the challenge because is so physical and can be so physical,” Tuchel said.
“Had a bit of a shy game against Arsenal, like everyone. A calm first-half against Crystal Palace and then suddenly stepped up in the second-half in dribbling and physically with ball recoveries. Suddenly the crowd was there, and the momentum was there. This is what we demand from him.
“In general, he is shy and a very calm person. He needs to discover this monster in him and unleash this on a regular basis because it is absolutely necessary. It is not enough to be just on the pitch. It might if you regard his last years, it may seem as a first step, good that he is a regular, but I’m not happy because this is not enough. We cannot let him think it is enough, he needs to constantly push himself to the limit.”
If Loftus-Cheek can recapture his Chelsea form from the 2018/19 season under Maurizio Sarri, there should still be a good chance of him breaking into Tuchel’s best XI.
Rio Ferdinand thinks Tuchel is now starting to trust the central midfielder as he gives him more minutes.
There’s been a rotation policy in the centre of the park for the last year, and Loftus-Cheek can push himself into the thick of that conversation with a strong end to this season.
Sarri was the last manager to really get the best out of Loftus-Cheek. Hopefully, Tuchel is the next to elevate his game to serious heights.
After all, Loftus-Cheek is a player that was starting games for England at the last World Cup in 2018.