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With other options such as Ross Barkley, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic ahead of him in the pecking order, Loftus-Cheek has had it all to do in trying to impress Maurizio Sarri.

With Spain lacking their usual dominating presence in the latter stages of UEFA's two premier club competitions, few domestic advocates will have been too overjoyed with Villarreal and Valencia being drawn together in the Europa League quarter-final. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still bidding to reach full fitness as he manages the back problem that has plagued him over his career. He had a wonderful match and I'm really happy he could play for 90 minutes. Physically, technically, he is improving tactically. When I do the tests on the treadmill I have to say that I have one of the best tests at the club.

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Giroud now has nine goals in as many appearances in the European competition, while Hudson-Odoi celebrated his first England Under-21 call-up by completing the rout after left-back Alonso made it 3-0 on the night.

"As you know very well, Olivier for us is a very important player".

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The last win saw Stephen Naismith bag a hat-trick and was one of the games that led to the sacking of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as it appeared his side had downed tools.

However, the 60-year-old is keen to dodge what he believes would be a hard return to his homeland and delay a potential reunion until the climax of the tournament on May 29 in Baku.

Eintracht Frankfurt's star striker Luka Jovic scored a delicious chip to secure the victory and put them through to the quarter-finals.

Maurizio Sarri would surely love to win a trophy during his first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge and his path to the final has now been mapped out.

"I feel good now so hopefully that will stay and I can play to the best of my abilities".

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