Chelsea Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek starred for the Blues with a Hattrick against Belarus Champions BATE Borisov. The English Midfielder has been on the fringes of the Squad and this could be his big break.
Chelsea took all three points against BATE Borisov to keep their 100% record in the Europa League intact. By virtue of the win, the Blues remain on top of Group L. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the main Protagonist in the win and the Chelsea Youth Academy Graduate and England International scored a scintillating Hattrick with his first two Goals coming inside the first eight minutes. Apart from Loftus-Cheek, the Blues’ Prodigal Young Winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi was also awarded some much-deserved first team Minutes.
He's done it! 👏
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In the past Europa League games against PAOK and Vidi the rotated Chelsea squad looked underwhelming when compared to the swashbuckling stylish side we see in the Premier League every week. This wasn’t the case last night, the Blues looked hungry and the likes of Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Willian and even Olivier Giroud played with intent and desire.
That desire was clearly depicted when Ruben Loftus-Cheek made a perfectly timed run inside the box to meet Davide Zappacosta’s cross with excellent precision to open the scoring in the 2nd Minute. The Englishman met the ball with unstoppable pace to put it past BATE keeper Scherbitski. The England International added a second just six minutes later when he positioned himself perfectly to meet Willian’s corner with a side-footed volley, ahead of Olivier Giroud to claim his second Goal of the match. The Blues continued to look threatening in attack and BATE looked disorganised in attack, often giving away possession too cheaply. Maurizio Sarri’s side went into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Loftus-Cheek completed scored his third Goal just 8 minutes after the second-Half kicked-off. He started an attack at the half-line and passed it on to Pedro who teed the Englishman up outside the box, Loftus-Cheek pulled the trigger and swirled away in celebration as the ball found the bottom right corner. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s Hattrick was a first by an English Chelsea Player in a European competition since Peter Scored five in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1971.
The Home side showed some signs of complacency in the 79th Minute as the defence seemed to switch off. Stasevich’s excellent delivery from a free-Kick dumbfounded the Chelsea defence to find Midfielder Alexei Rios who tapped in from close range. But the result was beyond any doubt with the goal being nothing more than a consolation for the Belarusian Champions.