Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admits he has a “tactical problem” and is struggling to fit Ruben Loftus-Cheek into the side despite the midfielder scoring a hat-trick in Thursday’s Europa League win over Bate Borisov.
The England man has started only two games for Chelsea this season.
The 22-year-old is below four other midfielders in the pecking order.
“We have four midfielders and three of them have the same characteristics,” Sarri told BT Sport.
“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.
“At the beginning of the season he [Loftus-Cheek] was a very good player and now he is a good player that is more suited to my style of football.”
As well as Kante, Sarri has often used summer signings Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in midfield, as well as England’s Ross Barkley.
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