Tuchel says 'strong' Chelsea player is not setting high enough standards for himself

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek is capable of reaching new heights if it was not for his accepting lower standards for himself.

Similar to Trevoh Chalobah, the 25=year-old seems to have cemented his place as a reliable option at Chelsea after his surprise inclusion in the first-team squad at the start of the season.

He failed to impress during the loan spell at Fulham last season, and his Chelsea career was arguably close to an end.

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At that point, was widely seen as an attacking player, and Chelsea had already had plenty of attacking options.

However, Tuchel sees him as a No.6 or a No.8 and this has helped Loftus-Cheek rediscover his form.

We saw what he did against Malmo, completing eight dribbles as well as creating three chances from the midfield position.

Tuchel believes the only thing that has slowed down Loftus-Cheek’s progress is that, sometimes, he is not demanding of himself.

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“That’s why he plays for us. Otherwise, there is no chance to play in midfield for us if you’re not in a good place mentally and physically,” the manager told Chelsea TV about Loftus-Cheek.

“He’s been very strong, since day one, and he’s absolutely aware of his potential.

“But with him, I think it’s not about potential, it’s about setting the standard every single match and pushing the limits.

“Because I think he still accepts the limits [which are not for him]. We want him to constantly set a new standard.”

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