Chelsea

Ruben Loftus-Cheek reveals how he adapted to playing at centre-back in Chelsea’s 3-2 FA Cup win over Luton

Chelsea had to show resilience and fighting spirit as they came from behind to beat Luton Town after going behind twice.

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Saúl Niguez, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku were all on the scoresheet for the Blues but some other players stood out, one of which was midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek who played in a rather strange position on the night.

Loftus-Cheek played started the game as a centre-back in the middle of Chelsea’s back three and was one of the standout performers despite playing in an unfamiliar position.

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The 25-year old who ended the game with an assist and a man of the match award opened up post-match on how he adapted to the new position.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: “It came as a surprise to me, I found out the day before that I might have to do a job there. A lot of our defenders have niggles. There’s some players that played 120 minutes plus penalties.”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: “You have to do a job. I try to bring my qualities, what makes me Loftus-Cheek to the game. That’s all I could do. I really enjoyed it. [I played there at 12 or 13 years old] for a season or two. I never liked it!”

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: “Tonight was different, I played in a back four when I was young. Now it’s different, I had more license to step out and create the attack from the start.”

It was a hard fought Chelsea win at the end of the day and after failing to win in the last two FA Cup finals, the Blues would be looking to end the season with the trophy this time.

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