Monday, 11 May 2015

Mourinho Praises midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who made his first Premier League start in Sunday's 1-1 home draw with Liverpool.
The 19-year-old made only his second league appearance for the Blues and played for an hour before being replaced by Nemanja Matic.

Mourinho was satisfied with the midfielder's showing and revealed that he had always planned to withdraw Loftus-Cheek in the second half.

"I think he did well but I think it's better for him to pay 60 minutes and leave in good condition than stay until the end," the Portuguese said to reporters.

"It was better for him to leave but it was a fantastic experience for him to feel the intensity and the speed, the way he has to think and has to compete.

"It was a fantastic experience for him and I'm happy. He's going to be a Chelsea player, that's no doubt, and we have other kids I believe can do it.

"The intensity of the game is different to what he's used to and, in the second half, he was more chasing and in a position where I need him tactically to read the game a bit better so I preferred to give him a good hour than an extra 20 or 25 difficult minutes.

"In the last game of the season against Sunderland, I'm going to play the players who have more minutes, the base of the team who play most.

"But against West Brom next time out, because West Brom is safe and nobody is waiting for a result, I'm going to play Ruben and probably Nathan Ake and also Izzy Brown, who came from West Brom, so I think that will be special for him."