Every word Ruben Loftus-Cheek said on his fitness, Chelsea’s mistakes, Kovacic and Fulham loan

Having a Bigger Chance Lately – How patient and what opportunity have you been waiting for?

Obviously, I had to be patient. There are a lot of good players at Chelsea, especially in midfield, so I may have inflicted some injuries.

I had to be ready, I feel like I was ready physically.

You have to go forward, as a team and as an individual when the players get injured and you have to do something. But I feel ready to do so.

Mateo Kovacic has tested positive for Covid, how worried are you as players about the risks you have to take when it comes to traveling a lot?

I think there are risks but as a club we do everything we can to minimize those risks. This is why we test several times a week and take precautions to minimize risks.

As a club and as a team we feel as safe as possible at this moment.

Thomas has been candid about the team’s performance in the past week or so with detailsAnd bugs – how does that sneak into your game?

I think this is football, and it can change very quickly, but I can say it’s not like we’re playing terribly at all. We just made some mistakes that cost us and we have to take responsibility for that.

Apart from that, we play good football and the results have not shown that at all. If we keep the basics high and the errors low, that will give us a good platform to win matches.

You’re playing a deeper role this season – are you enjoying it?

I’m really enjoying it, because I’m basically on the field. I play a lot of football, which I obviously haven’t done in the past three years, so I am very thankful to be physically fit and to be available to be selected to play.

Wherever I play I feel comfortable. I played deep in my younger years and more advanced as I became more established and played in the Premier League.

I enjoy it a lot and it comes with different duties and things required of you in this role, which I enjoy very much. I’m ready to play wherever the boss wants me.

Did you think you’d get that many matches when you came back to the club?

I came back in pre-season and felt really good. I felt fit. I am the fittest. It gave me a good platform to do well, train well.

I knew it was going to be very difficult with the players they have in midfield and how good the players are, but I always wanted to give it a try and see how it turned out. It turns out that I play a lot.

This is through injuries and hard work. You never know how football turns. It changes a lot. You just have to be prepared for that.

What did Tuchel tell you after the loan period at Fulham?

I think he was very understanding how difficult it was to come back from that injury and go to Fulham on loan. I think he put it behind us and focused on what was going on in that moment and I felt good about being back in the new season.

For me the focus was on pre-season, good training and playing well and I couldn’t think of the past. Fulham was a tough spell for me so I had to put that behind me.

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