Jose Mourinho spoke highly of Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek following the midweek match against West Ham, even though the player never made it into the game. On Friday, Loftus-Cheek had some comments about his progress, as well as the inevitable comparisons to Chelsea's midfield monster, Nemanja Matic:
"We’re both tall players and central midfielders. I can see why there would be comparisons there. I try to watch Nemanja defensively because I don’t think there’s anyone better than him in that role as a defensive midfielder and that’s what I think I need to improve on."
"I watch him and try to pick up things. I do like attacking more, but I enjoy defending as well. I like both parts of the game."
"I’ve worked hard to get rewards, and it feels great so I’m going to continue with that and try to push on. My body has got stronger, so I’m able to cope with training with the first-team more and training with them has improved my technique. Watching those players train, when I came over to them as an academy player makes me want to kick on."
Hopefully Chelsea will continue to grind out Premier League results, and will wrap up the league at some point in April. Doing so would likely mean minutes for several Chelsea youngsters, and given the praise heaped on Loftus-Cheek by manager Mourinho this week, it would seem logical that Ruben would be one of them.