Ruben Loftus-Cheek happy with competition at Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea

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Sarri said after the game Loftus-Cheek has "adapted" to his football philosophy, having so far given the player just 33 Premier League minutes this season, but that the England worldwide must improve defensively to earn a regular starting role. It's very hard to solve the tactical problem without an improvement in the defensive phase of these three midfielders.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is similarly struggling to make an impact under Sarri and he had several meetings with his manager before deciding to stay over the summer.

Loftus-Cheek's display delighted the home crowd, whose team strolled to a third win from three Group L matches, although they switched off with 11 minutes remaining, allowing Aleksei Rios to pull a goal back with a close-range tap in.

Asked if he could remember a specific mistake he had made and learned from during his time as a coach in Italy, Sarri replied: "There are 100, I think".

The Italian said: 'At the moment we have four midfielders for two positions, and three of them with the same characteristics, or better, three offensive midfielders. Only Kante is a defensive midfielder. "Ask to play 16, 17?"

"I hope to be able to do it in the future, but I need the cooperation of the players".

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Asked if Sarri had improved him, he said: "Definitely, but I'll always improve as a player day by day, technically and tactically from training".

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"He's improving. He needs to improve in the defensive phase, but it's not only Loftus".

Sarri added: 'I know the fans love Ruben, of course, because he was in the academy. He was in the academy so that's normal.

"It's very hard to solve the tactical problem without an improvement in the defensive phase with these three midfielders".