Sarri has high hopes for Loftus-Cheek

15 March 2019 20:00:50 GMTPlus10

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Ruben Loftus-Cheek can become one of the best midfielders in Europe if he continues on his current progression.

The England international helped the Blues record a 5-0 victory at Dynamo Kiev on Thursday to help the Londoners book their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Olivier Giroud bagged himself a hat-trick while Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also chipped in goals for the comfortable victory in Ukraine.

Sarri gave special mention to Loftus-Cheek for his performance in Kiev and feels the 23-year-old has the ability to go a long way in the game.

"He did very well. He is improving in the last month. He has been able to train after the problem with the back. He had a wonderful match and I'm really happy he could play for 90 minutes.

"His potential as a player is very, very high. Physically, technically and tactically he is improving, he can become one of the best midfielders not only in England but in Europe."

Chelsea are 1.61 to win the Europa League this season, while rivals Arsenal are 2.30 to claim the title.

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