Ben Chilwell claims Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been harshly marked by FIFA 23 when rating his pace.

Popular game FIFA 23 has released its annual edition, which usually throws up some real discontent from players.

For Chelsea’s squad, they’re fresh off the back of a season that saw them secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. Also, they reached cup finals in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, losing both on penalties to rivals Liverpool.

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Loftus-Cheek pace

Loftus-Cheek, who’s got an overall card rating of 76, has a very modest rating for his speed.

His pace rating is just 65. For content, defender Cesar Azpilicueta, who’s never been known for speed, is rated 64 in the same department.

Chelsea wing-back Chilwell suggests Loftus-Cheek is a lot quicker than his new FIFA card says.

“Ruben is 65 [for pace]. Yeah that’s not great because Ruben is quick,” Chilwell said.

It definitely seems like Loftus-Cheek’s pace rating is a tad low when you think of him powering up the pitch with the ball at his feet.

The English midfielder is incredibly strong and very difficult to dispossess when he puts his body across an opponent. He’s capable of going through the gears as well to drive away from teams with his strong running.

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Of course, Loftus-Cheek will be more concerned about what’s happening in real life than in a console game.

It’s actually been a decent campaign so far from him, which continued in midweek with an impressive performance against AC Milan during his first start under new manager Graham Potter.

Pat Nevin said earlier in the season he played his best ever game in Chelsea colours in the win against Tottenham, so perhaps everything is aligning for him at the same time.

There’s no doubting he’s a super talent that has the individual ability to shine in Potter’s XI.

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