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Loftus-Cheek gets an earful from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

By Staff Reporter

Jose Mourinho stated that his relationship with Ruben Loftus-Cheek had moved “one step back” for what he viewed as a lazy performance by the 19-year-old midfielder, as the Premier League champions ended their season by dispatching Sydney FC 1-0 at ANZ Stadium, Loic Remy scoring an excellent goal.

Despite the result, Loftus-Cheek departed Australia with a scathing assessment from his manager ringing in his ears.

“Ruben said he had a pain in his back, but what I was feeling was that he only had the pain when Sydney had the ball,” said Mourinho.

“When Chelsea had the ball he was playing very well, but when Sydney had the ball I think he was more impressed by watching Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel work, instead of him working.

“So, with Ruben, it’s one step back in terms of my relationship with him. If he doesn’t know what it is to play

for me and Chelsea, it’s one step back.

“He has to learn that at 19 you have to play to your limits and not play like a superstar because this is not Under-18s.

“I don’t accept that, when he’s playing in midfield with Mikel and Matic, when we don’t have the ball, he doesn’t press, doesn’t have intensity and he’s waiting for everybody else. He has to learn what it takes.”

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