Things we learned from Chelsea vs Bate Borisov

After Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s hat trick gave Chelsea victory,here are three things we learned from the 3-1 win over Bate Borisov.

1. Loftus-Cheek can still do a lot better

Loftus-Cheek had a break out moment last minute. He announced himself as a genuine potential star. He scored a hat trick and he had some nice touches. However, he can still do a lot better. Rather than a criticism, this is an indication of how great his talent is.

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There were times when there was space available from him to burst into but he did not. He did not spot the run that he should make to put himself in a better position. This requires more game intelligence and fitness. Both of these can be improved with game time, which he must now get.

2. Kante should miss out to accommodate Loftus-Cheek

One midfielder has to be left out if Loftus-Cheek is to play regularly. The Englishman deserves to. He adds more attacking and goal scoring threat.

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Kante is fantastic in the defensive position but technical, quick interplay is not his strong point. Neither is scoring and creating chances in the final third. Chelsea would remain relatively solid defensively if Kovacic played in Kante’s position and Loftus-Cheek started on the left side of midfield. Jorginho, of course, has to play in the middle.

3. Zappacosta should be considered for the right back position

From an attacking standpoint, Davide Zappacosta contributed more yesterday than Cesar Azpilicueta has in a fair few matches. He had a terrific game which included an assist for the first goal.

The Italian has a better delivery, is quicker and is more comfortable ion possession than the captain. A change could be in the offing.

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