Thomas Tuchel is completing Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea masterplan with forgotten England star

The evolution of Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been a wonderful journey. For the fans who have watched his story unfold from his younger days up until now, we have noticed the changes in his game. There’s a new level of maturity and skill for the Englishman and It’s quite frightening to think that his best is yet to come.

Having played under four separate managers, Thomas Tuchel has been able to find a consistent role for him to play in the current Chelsea squad. Whilst fans may argue that this has been his best run of form in his Chelsea career, Loftus-Cheek has one manager to thank. His name, Maurizio Sarri.

“That competition [under 18’s] is too easy for him. He’s too good for it, but I don’t accept that a player … when we don’t have the ball, doesn’t press, doesn’t have intensity and is waiting for other people to recover the ball.” Jose Moutinho 2015.

Making his initial Chelsea debut under Jose Mourinho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek began his senior career receiving high praise from the manager. He featured in four matches with the first team, almost a shoo-in to become one of Chelsea’s breakthrough academy prospects for Mourinho’s second season.

His attack-minded nature gave him a head start into Mourinho’s good books until their 2015 pre-season trip to Australia. Mourinho told the world that his relationship with the then 19-year-old had taken a step back but Loftus-Cheek persevered and worked harder on his pressing the following season.

Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Chelsea gives some last minute instructions to Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea before he comes on as substitute
Jose Mourinho gifted Ruben Loftus-Cheek with his first team debut and the journey began.

From his 17 first-team appearances in the 2015/16 season to just the eleven under new boss Antonio Conte. Though Loftus-Cheek may not have had as much game time, Conte was supremely impressed by the midfielder.

Conte said this after a match under his guidance “He played a good game with a good intensity, In a defensive situation, he became a midfielder and when we were attacking, he became a forward

“I think he has the right characteristics to play in this [hybrid] role because he is physically very strong and is very good to play from the back. He has good technique and sees the goal very well. He can shoot, and I think he can also play in the role [as a striker or midfielder].”

Despite seeing the potential in the young prospect, Chelsea and Conte decided to send him on loan to Crystal Palace where he would again have to find his feet and develop under a different coach.

Following Loftus-Cheek’s impressive loan at Selhurst Park in the 2017-18 season, there was real hope from supporters that he could return to Stamford Bridge and become a main feature in the Blues’ first eleven.

The usual short-term nature of life at Chelsea meant when his loan in South London ended, the club had switched from Conte to Maurizio Sarri whose style of play was radically different.

Although it took Loftus-Cheek over half a season to get the minutes he desired, once he did Chelsea’s midfield was transformed by his dynamic presence.

Chelsea fans had their frustrations with Sarri’s reluctance to play Loftus-Cheek at the start, however, the Englishman shares nothing but positive experiences with the Italian.

His recent interview with Football Daily highlights his gratitude towards his ex-coach. In response to being asked about his most influential coach, he says, “Sarri… I felt like he understood me as a player, as a person as well.”

Ruben Loftus Cheek of Chelsea is congratulated by manager Maurizio Sarri as he leaves the field during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge on April 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek says that his most influential coach was Maurizio Sarri

Fielded on the left of Sarri’s midfield trio alongside N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, the stale nature of Chelsea’s play was electrified by Loftus-Cheek, making driving runs from deep, being able to increase the tempo of the team’s at times more passive build-up in possession.

Also brilliantly linking with Eden Hazard, scoring a wonderfully curled effort from outside the box against Brighton in April, only days after coming off the bench to head a late winner away to Cardiff.

Subsequent he then starts against West Ham, Liverpool, and Frankfurt in the Europa League further solidifying the belief this would finally be the academy graduate’s breakthrough.

His addition of goals from a deeper position was providing a threat to Chelsea’s game that had been missing since Frank Lampard’s exit in 2014, along with his neat trickery and physical prowess to dominate in a vital area of the pitch.

It’s been well documented the cruel fortune of that Achilles tendon rupture in a friendly against New England Revolution a week before the Europa League Final against Arsenal, a game he would have started.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea evolution has left Thomas Tuchel with a ready-made player. Between the hardship that came with Mourinho and the man-management from Sarri, Tuchel hasn’t had much left to do.

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It’s no wonder the reports from the Athletic claiming Tuchel was shocked by his lack of game time. He told the midfielder

‘You are special. I cannot believe you haven’t played more for Chelsea’.

We have all seen something special in Loftus-Cheek and he is fulfilling his prophecy in becoming the player that several fans have longed to witness. He is already on track to surpass the number of minutes he had with Sarri with Tuchel. The best is yet to come, I just hope that the world is ready.

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