Sarri urges Loftus-Cheek to improve defensively

The Italian manager was pleased with the performance of the English player but also had a word of advice...

Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick as Chelsea cruised past BATE to register a 3-1 win in the Europa League.

This was the midfielder’s second start of the season and he made the most of it by putting in an impressive display.

“He played very well. I think in the beginning of the season, I thought he was really a very good player. Now I think the same, but maybe he has also adapted to my football.

"He is improving. He needs to improve defensively, but not only Loftus. At this moment we have four midfielders for two positions. Three of them with the same characteristics. Only [N'Golo] Kante is a defensive midfielder. It's very difficult for me to put in the starting XI two so offensive midfielders at the same time.

"I hope to be able to do it in the future. But I need the co-operation of the players, and for them to work on their defensive phase,” said Sarri.

Watch Ruben Loftus-Cheek's sensational hat-trick here!