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Ruben Loftus-Cheek pinpoints where it really matters in race for top places

LOFTUS-CHEEK: "Point Gained But Feels Like A Loss"

Ruben Loftus-Cheek admitted that despite making up a little Premier League ground on Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United with our point from the game against Burnley, frustration was the overwhelming emotion when the final whistle blew on the 2-2 draw.

The midfielder is continuing to be selected as a regular choice by Maurizio Sarri. This was the fourth league game in a row in which he has started, and he played a major part in the move for N’Golo Kante’s goal as well as going close himself with a curling shot in the first half. But the Blues could not add to the scoring in the second period so emerged from the penultimate home domestic game of the season without the desired win.

‘It feels like a loss in a way because we could have got three points and made a massive jump in the league, but in a way it is a point gained as well because the other teams did not get points at the weekend,’ said Loftus-Cheek

‘Burnley did well set-piece wise but we spoke about that in the build-up to the game, so it was disappointing to concede from two set-pieces. It was frustrating because they time-wasted really well but we have to take it and move on.

‘There were some emotions flying at the end because of what was on the line in the game, so I can understand why a lot of players and staff were frustrated, it is why we love football, you get these emotions flying but like I say, move on.’

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He acknowledged that Burnley had worked hard for their point, adding: ‘They did run a lot I have to say, so credit to them, they put a shift in and made it difficult for us but it was really frustrating in the second half.

‘I don’t think we are in a bad position but it is just down to us to produce our best football in the run-in to the end of the season. These games coming up are massive and we need to be at our best. The focus has to be really sharp and we have to be really on it because this is where it really matters.’

On a personal note, Monday night’s game was positive for Loftus-Cheek’s physical condition.

‘That is what I am really pleased about, getting that 90 minutes in which is what I am looking for. It was tough second half, I had a knock as well but I pushed through it so it was disappointing not to get the win but we keep going.’
 

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