Jose Mourinho has revealed his relationship with Ruben Loftus-Cheek has taken a “step back” after his display against Sydney FC.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at youngster following his performance in the 1-0 postseason friendly win match. The 19-year-old player is the Blue’s biggest homegrown hope, and was fully expected to play regularly for the first-team next season. However, the Chelsea boss has blasted Loftus-Cheek branding his last performance was unacceptable.
Mourinho was angered by what he perceived to be a poor attiude from Loftus-Cheek in the game at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, which was played in front of a capacity 84,000-strong crowd.Mourinho cast doubt on the 19-year-old’s commitment to the fixture by offering a damning assessment of his work-rate and suggesting his relationship with the player had been damaged.
Mourinho took the 19-year-old off after just 28 minutes as he struggled to make an impression during the match.The Chelsea boss warned the starlet he needs to improve now he is playing with the first-team not the Under-18s. The Portuguese was far from impressed with the display of the midfielder, who made his Premier League and Champions League debuts this season, during Tuesday’s friendly in Australia.
“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 is one step back,”Mourinho said.“He has to learn that at 19 you have to run three times more than the others, you have to play to your limits and not play like a superstar with the ball at your feet because this is not under-18s. The under-18 competition is too easy for him. He’s too good to play in the under-18s.”
Loftus-Cheek makes up an incredibly talented group of young English players currently coming through at Chelsea.The 19-year-old led Chelsea to FA Youth Cup final glory against Fulham as the Blues overturned a 3-2 deficit from the first leg.Loftus-Cheek made his full debut for Chelsea against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge and has been tipped to push for a permanent place in the starting XI next season.
The player had talked to the boss, saying that he had a pain in his back and it affected his play, while Mourinho gave less supportive statement: “but what I was feeling was that he only had the pain when Sydney had the ball.”
Mourinho later explained: “When Chelsea had the ball I never saw a pain in his back, he was playing very, very well. But when Sydney had the ball I think he was more impressed by watching his teammates Obi Mikel and NemanjaMatic work, instead of himself. ”