'He's very committed': Antonio Rudiger names the Chelsea midfielder who's really impressed him in training
Antonio Rudiger has shared that Chelsea teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek is very impressive in training.
Loftus-Cheek, 26, has come into a mini patch of great form in the last few matches. For example, he scored at the weekend in the FA Cup semi-final victory against Crystal Palace to set up a final against Liverpool.
The English midfielder’s career has been stop-start at times due to injuries and form, but he’s got a manager that’s willing him to do well. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has explained he wants to see him be more confident on the pitch to unlock his talent.
Key Chelsea defender Rudiger has given big praise to colleague Loftus-Cheek:
“The whole season he’s trying hard. He’s training very well. He’s very committed,” Rudiger said.
“He played a very good match against Real Madrid, and now to score [against Palace], we are happy for him.”
Yes, there’s been some eye-catching displays from Loftus-Cheek in the last week that offer real room for encouragement.
It’s far too early to assume he’s back to his very best, though.
The powerhouse midfielder has so many great physical aspects to his game that mean he offers a lot when he’s on the pitch.
However, the danger with him is an injury could be just around the corner, or he can sometimes fail to stamp his authority on matches.
With momentum on his side, Loftus-Cheek needs to play flat out from now until the FA Cup final on 14 May to try squeeze into Chelsea’s best starting line-up.
He needs to rediscover the kind of form he showed under ex-Blues manager Maurizio Sarri to really win everyone over again.