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Loftus-Cheek targets Chelsea starting spot

Loftus-Cheek scored Chelsea's second goal of the game against Fulham. Credit: PA

Ruben Loftus-Cheek hopes to continue to make an impression on Maurizio Sarri and force his way into the head coach's first-choice Chelsea team.

Loftus-Cheek came off the substitutes' bench to score in Sunday's 2-0 win over Fulham, his second goal providing a valuable cushion as Sarri later lamented the failure to kill off their opponents.

It was Loftus-Cheek's first Premier League appearance since October's win at Burnley and afterwards Sarri said the England midfielder "solved me problems".

"When I get time to play I am always doing my best," Loftus-Cheek said on chelseafc.com.

"This season it looked like I am getting time in the Europa League and I had to be ready for that.

"And if I do well in the Europa League then maybe I will get more minutes in the Premier League, like this game, and I will try to do my best.

"The more I play the better I feel and the better I play. Days like this I get my time to play and try to take it, whether that is a goal or an assist or making blocks.

"I have to do things both defensively and offensively."

Chelsea lost for the first time this season, ending an 18-match unbeaten competitive run, at Tottenham and responded with last Thursday's 4-0 Europa League win over PAOK.

Next for the Blues is Wednesday's Premier League clash at Wolves before Saturday's visit of leaders Manchester City to Stamford Bridge.

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Loftus-Cheek set to make first Chelsea start of the season

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his first Chelsea start of the season in Thursday's Europa League Credit: PA

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to make his first Chelsea start of the season in Thursday's Europa League Group L clash with Hungarian champions Vidi.

Loftus-Cheek has overcome a shin problem, while winger Pedro (shoulder) and defender Antonio Rudiger (groin) are fit again.

Head coach Maurizio Sarri is expected to make changes, with the likes of Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Alvaro Morata and Cesc Fabregas likely to feature at some point.

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