Ruben Loftus-Cheek hat-trick was all Chelsea needed to moved further clear at the top of group L Europa League table during their match with Bate Borisov yesterday at Stamford Bridge yesterday.
The 22 years old England International nneded just 2 minutes of action to open the scoring with a well taken goal before going on to complete his hat-trick in the 79th minute.
The match which ended 3-1 in favour of the Blues marked the first since 2011 that Chelsea would win their first three group stage match at an European competition.
Chelsea coach, Maurizio Sarri, who took over the helms during the summer revealed some amazing facts about the midfielder while fielding questions from journalists at the end of the match.
What he said:
‘He played very, very well,’ . ‘In the offensive phase, wonderful.
‘I thought before, from the beginning of the season, he was really a very good player.
‘Now I think the same, but I think maybe also he is more suitable to my football. He is improving. He also needs to improve in the defensive phase, but not only Loftus.
‘At the moment we have four midfielders for two positions, and three of them have the same characteristics – offensive midfielders. Only Kante is a defensive midfielder.
‘It’s very difficult for me to put two similar offensive midfielders in the starting XI at the same time. I hope to be able to do it in the future, but I need the cooperation from the players of course. I need an improvement in the defensive phase.’
Premier League Reveals When Fans Will Return To Stadium
The Premier League has said it is optimistic that “we will see fans back in the stadiums next season”. However, the crowds are likely to return “on a phased basis”.
Football will resume on June 17, following a three-month shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Games will be played behind closed doors at venues yet to be decided.
Masters also disclosed that some of the remaining matches in this season’s competition could be played at neutral venues. However, a decision on that will be reached by the end of next week.
English Premier League Set To Resume June 17
The English Premier League (EPL) season is set to resume on June 17, with games between Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United.
According to reports, the matches are the two games in hand before a complete fixture list would then be played from June 19 to 21.
Recall that on Wednesday, all the 20 clubs in the league vote unanimously to begin contact training.
Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11.
No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9.
Man Utd Manager, Solskjaer Hopes Ighalo Will Stay With Team
Former Super Eagles forward, Ighalo, was signed from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, but his short-term deal expires at the end of May.
Despite United’s interest in extending Ighalo’s stay, Shanghai is reportedly keen for him to return to China for the start of their season.
“The loan deal went to the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re in dialogue and hopefully (he can stay). They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allow him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, maybe with a trophy or two. But at the moment nothing’s been agreed yet. Their league is going to start soon so we are just waiting to see.”
Ighalo scored four goals in three starts and made eight appearances in total for United.
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