Cape Town - Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri praised hat-trick hero Ruben
Loftus-Cheek's attacking play after the Blues beat BATE Borisov 3-1 on Thursday
The Premier League outfit was off to a lightning-quick start
at Stamford Bridge as Loftus-Cheek scored two goals in the opening eight
minutes of the Europa League Group L tie.
The Englishman completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute,
before the visitors bagged a consolation goal via Alexei Rios.
Sarri was delighted with Loftus-Cheek's play, especially in
the attacking phases, but also added that he needs to work on his defensive
game along with the other Chelsea midfielders.
"He played very, very well. In the offensive phase he
was wonderful," the Italian told a news conference.
"I told him at the beginning of the season I thought he
was a very good player. Now I think the same, but now he's more suited to my
football, he's improving.
"He needs to improve in the defensive phase, but not
only Loftus. At the moment we have four midfielders for two positions - three
of them with the same characteristics, of being offensive midfielders. Only
[N'Golo] Kante is a defensive midfielder.
"It's very difficult for me to put in the starting XI
two offensive midfielders at the same time. I hope to be able to do it in the
"I need the cooperation of the players of course. I
need an improvement in the defensive phase."