Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s father had something to say about his son’s former manager, José Mourinho, as he claimed that the Portuguese “held him back” and he was the main reason why it was so difficult for the youngster to prove himself.
Loftus-Cheek made just nine appearances under José Mourinho before the former Real Madrid manager left Stamford Bridge for the second time in his career. Now, he managed to make his senior national team debut against the world champions, Germany, and he did extremely well. And his father said that his son needed a coach like Mauricio Pochettino who is not afraid to give opportunities to the youngsters.
His father spoke about the situation under José Mourinho as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Jose Mourinho held him back. He should have been playing. Everyone behind the scenes was asking: ‘why isn’t he playing?’ If Ruben was playing for Mauricio Pochettino, he’d have 70, 80, 90 first team appearances by now.”
He added: “He is like a Rolls Royce. He used to win all of the player of the year awards. But once Chelsea clapped eyes on him they knew what he was. They knew he was special.”
Loftus-Cheek himself was very happy with his international debut as he claimed: “I certainly learned a lot, and it just gives me that taste, to want more, and to improve game-by-game. I just want to play more football. I felt the game was very tactical, and it was just another experience of being an England player, playing at Wembley under the lights, and what it means to be an England player.”
He also talked about how nervous he was at the beginning of the match: “I’m never nervous on the ball, I’m always confident on the ball, that’s the one thing. But I didn’t touch the ball for five minutes, and felt like I wanted to go deeper to get the ball! But the manager told me to stay in the right position, and the ball will come to me.”