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Maurizio Sarri has a 'tactical problem' with Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Maurizio Sarri has a tactical problem with Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Sarri can't guarantee Loftus-Cheek regular gametime

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he has a tactical problem which is likely to restrict the gametime of Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the Premier League.

The England international showed off his credentials on Thursday night with his first Blues hat-trick in the 3-0 Europa League win over BATE Borisov but this may not entirely convince Sarri into offering him a regular role.

Speaking to BT Sport, Sarri indicated that he has many offensive midfielders when compared to the defensive ones and this is something which may hamper Loftus-Cheek from bagging a regular Premier League start.

"They are offensive midfielders, only one has other characteristics - [N'Golo] Kante is a defensive midfielder. So it is very difficult to put in the starting XI two midfielders with the same characteristics. We have a tactical problem with the midfielders," he said.

Chelsea are currently behind league leaders Manchester City by a couple of points. They make the trip to Lancashire to face Sean Dyche's Burnley in the Premier League this weekend.