Ruben Loftus-Cheek gets another vote of confidence from Thomas Tuchel

The Chelsea team is very settled at the moment – with Ben Chilwell and Andreas Christensen out this is more or less the lineup Thomas Tuchel has picked repeatedly in recent weeks.

The short term absence of Mateo Kovacic – who is on the bench today – has meant a shuffle in midfield however, and while N’Golo Kante got the nod in midweek, it’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek in central midfield today.

That marks another start for the academy product, who has played in a variety of positions for Tuchel this season. This latest start, in the position he favours, is a massive vote of confidence from his manager, who never praises him too highly and always tries to draw more out of him – but in picking him with increasing regularity shows that he’s a big fan.

There’s a big summer ahead to decide his future, and Ruben can yet earn himself another year as a starter with more good performances.

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