Every word Ruben Loftus-Cheek said ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Zenit St Petersburg
Ruben Loftus-Cheek spoke to the media ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday night.
Chelsea want top spot in Group H but will need to win all three points in Russia at Gazprom Arena to ensure they advance to the round of 16 as the group winner.
Here’s what the Chelsea midfielder had to say in full during his pre-match press conference:
On the Chelsea opportunity:
“Yes. I had to be patient. There are a lot of good players at Chelsea, as you know. Especially in the midfield department. A few injuries and I could be put, I have to be ready. feel like I’ve been ready. I feel good physically and it’s time for us to step up as a team and as an individual when the players are injured. We have to do a job. I feel like I am. ready to do it.
On the Covid-19 risks for players:
“I guess there are risks, but as a club we do everything we can to minimize that risk. We test several times a week and take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk. As a club and as a team we feel as safe as possible and will continue to do so. “
On Chelsea’s form affecting players:
“I guess it’s football. Football changes very quickly sometimes. I can tell it’s not like we’re playing terribly at all. We just made some mistakes that cost us dearly. We have to make this our own. We played really good football, the results just didn’t show us. “
“We have to make sure that the basics of our game are respected and precise. If we keep the basics high and the errors low, it will give us a good platform to win matches. “
On a deeper role at Chelsea:
“I really appreciate him, mainly because I’m on the pitch and play a lot of football, which I haven’t done in recent years. I am very grateful to be fit and chosen to play. Wherever I play, I am comfortable. I played deep in my youth and more forward in the Premier League. I appreciate it very much. It comes with different tasks, different things required in that role. I appreciate it very much. I am ready to play wherever the boss needs me.
Potential departure last summer:
“I came back to pre-season, I felt really good and in good physical shape. It gave me a good platform to do well, play well, train well. I knew it would be very difficult with the number of players in the midfield and how good they are. I’ve always wanted to try and see how things go. It turns out that I play a lot. It’s because of the injuries and doing well when I play. You can never know how football is going, it changes a lot of things. You just have to be ready for it. “
On loan from Fulham & Conversations de Thomas Tuchel:
“He understood very well how difficult it was to come back from the injury and be on loan at Fulham. I think we left it behind and focused on what was going on at the time. It felt good to come back in pre-season. For me, it was about focusing on the preseason and training well, playing well. You cannot dwell on the past. Fulham was a tough spell for me so I had to leave him behind.
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