Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Chelsea debut was ‘all I can ask for'

Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his Chelsea debut in the 3-1 Champions League victory over Sporting.

Loftus-Cheek came off the substitutes bench to play the final 10 minutes of the 3-1 victory, replacing Cesc Fabregas and displaying real promise.

His debut was highly touted prior to the game, with head coach Jose Mourinho confirming that the 18-year-old would definitely be taking to the field, and the youngster failed to disappoint. A few powerful runs through the middle of the park presented the Blues with some goalscoring opportunities, and Loftus-Cheek himself almost got on the scoresheet, firing into the side-netting - although he was in an offside position.

It is unlikely that the midfielder - who has been a key part of both Under-18 and Under-21 successes in recent years - will feature again in the near future - with January’s FA Cup third round tie with Watford the next probable appearance - but to make his debut in the Champions League in front of a full Stamford Bridge is an experience he will never forget.

He received a strong reception from the home crowd, and every touch of his was met with a loud cheer, as the Blues fans witnessed a homegrown talent showing real promise alongside such world class teammates. There was a feeling that something special was happening at Stamford Bridge, and Loftus-Cheek responded in much the same manner.

Speaking to Chelsea TV after the game, the youngster spoke of his pride at making the pitch and performing in front of his home crowd.

When asked what his debut was like, the youngster responded: “It was a bit surreal, it took a while to sink in.

“To come on and play - just to come on - is all I can ask for.

“To play at a full Stamford Bridge is amazing. When you come on and start playing it all just goes away as you focus.”

Despite first-team opportunities likely to be limited this term, there is a real hope that Loftus-Cheek is one of the host of Chelsea academy kids who will start to break through and become Blues regulars in the near future.

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