Maurizio Sarri Urges Ruben Loftus-Cheek to 'Toughen Up'

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Ross Barkley agrees with his manager that he is improving but the midfielder yesterday painted a portrait of a player who could have featured more for England had he been coached better and more extensively earlier in his career.

On one hand, Chelsea played very well and had some excellent performers - notably David Luiz and Mateo Kovacic.

On the other hand, they were undone by a stunner from Daniel Sturridge and they drew with a title rival.

Maurizio Sarri believes Alvaro Morata can "restart" his season at Chelsea after scoring the victor against Vidi in the Europa League.

The 25-year-old had scored only once this season before Thursday's clash at Stamford Bridge and looked short on confidence with Sarri preferring Olivier Giroud for Chelsea's Premier League fixtures. Regarded as a top club in Hungary, the club is now sitting at the third position in the local league, eight points behind the league toppers.

Pedro limped off against PAOK whilst Loftus-Cheek picked up a knock after the September global break.

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Christensen was forced off at half-time with an illness in Chelsea's EFL Cup game with Liverpool last week. Maurizio Sarri is likely to rotate his side and has hinted at potential changes to the starting eleven.

It will be a welcome return to action for Loftus-Cheek as Chelsea fans have high hopes for the England player.

His long-term future may be away from Chelsea, but he still has a part to play this season.

As for Vidi, who went down 2-0 at home in the BATE game, they have a decent pedigree in this competition under their pre-takeover name, going all the way to the final in 1985, an overlooked period of relative strength in Hungarian football, and knocked out Manchester United on penalties in the quarter-final when Frank Stapleton and Mark Hughes missed in the shootout, much to Ron Atkinson's disgust.

Eden Hazard, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz and Jorginho may all have a rest.

Having held out for so long, Videoton were undone with less than a quarter of the match left as Willian flicked Cesc Fabregas's clipped pass into the middle, where Morata was waiting to pounce with a good finish from close range.

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