Thomas Tuchel urges the Chelsea star to show his ‘monster’ side

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek ends the season in fine form (Image: Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel insists Ruben Loftus-Cheek needs to unleash the ‘monster’ inside him to put in his best performances every week.

Loftus-Cheek has enjoyed a string of games in recent weeks, with Tuchel using him as a central midfielder and right-back when needed.

The 26-year-old had to wait for his chance under the Germany manager after previously struggling for game time but helped propel his team into the FA Cup final earlier this month by scoring in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace met.

However, given the strong competition at Tuchel’s side, the Germany manager has made it clear that he still has work to do to become a regular starter.

“He has to push his limits; it has to be physical,” said Tuchel.

“Like everyone, had a bit of a shy game against Arsenal. A calm first half against Crystal Palace and improved physically and with ball recoveries and dribbling in the second half.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored at Wembley to help Chelsea reach the FA Cup Final (Image: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

“Suddenly there was a crowd. We ask that of him. He is a calm person.

“He needs to discover that monster in himself and unleash it regularly because it is absolutely necessary.

“It’s not enough just to be on the pitch. If you look at his last few years, it might seem good because he’s a regular, but that’s not enough. We can’t make him think it’s enough, he has to keep pushing himself.

“We try every day and given his development we are quite successful. He needs to understand how much potential he has and unleash that physical capacity on a daily basis.

“He can’t let go in training. He has to be under pressure and play every game like a cup final.”

Loftus-Cheek hopes to add to his tally when Chelsea take on Manchester United in the Premier League on Thursday night.

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