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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group L match between Chelsea and FC BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge on October 25, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

After scoring to ensure Chelsea victory against Fulham on Sunday,  Reuben Loftus-Cheek has expressed delight with the team’s performance in the West London derby.

Loftus-cheek told Chelsea official website:

‘I thought we needed that cushion because Fulham were dangerous, definitely in the last 20 minutes,’ the midfielder agreed, ‘so it was good to get the goal to take a bit of pressure off us.

‘I tried to lay the ball off to Eden and I turned, and there was a big space in front and luckily he played the ball through and I finished it.

‘We needed to follow the game at Tottenham up with a win on Thursday and in this game as well in the Premier League,’ he noted. ‘It is a tough game playing Fulham and credit to them because they were dangerous at times, they have a new manager now and they look solid, so a tough game for us and good to get the win.’

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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It was Loftus-Cheek’s first action in the Premier League since the final match in October, when he also scored late in the game after coming on. That was in the 4-0 win at Burnley.

‘When I get time to play I am always doing my best,’ he said.

‘This season it looked like I am getting time in the Europa League and I had to be ready for that, and if I do well in the Europa League then maybe I will get more minutes in the Premier League, like this game and I will try to do my best.’

‘The more I play the better I feel and the better I play. Days like this I get my time to play and try to take it, whether that is a goal or an assist or making blocks. I have to do things both defensively and offensively.’