Ruben Loftus-Cheek played 90 minutes in the game and the 25-year-old English center-midfielder took charge of the game to the extent Malmo that was playing at home had no room to do much.
With his input in the midfield, Chelsea enjoyed 73 percent of the ball possession. Chelsea also recorded 22 shots, 11 of which were on target. While Malmo managed to record four shots but none was on target.
Individually, Ruben Loftus-Cheek made 8 final third entries throughout the game which was the 3rd highest in the game. He completed 26 passes in the final third which was the game’s second-highest.
The 25-year-old midfielder created two big chances, completed 7 take-on, and had a total of 4 shots throughout the Champions League game.
Despite his effort and Chelsea’s number of shots on target, the club managed to score only one goal against their hosts, thanks to Hakim Ziyech‘s 56th-minute strike.
According to the assessment of coach Thomas Tuchel after the Champions League game, Ruben Loftus-Cheek didn’t have the best game in the first 15 minutes of the match.
He however cut him some slack because Tuesday’s encounter with Malmo was Ruben’s first UEFA Champions League game since 2015.
Ruben’s reaction! 💬 pic.twitter.com/IYQCFdvAcz— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 3, 2021
Aside from the first 15 minutes, coach Tuchel was very impressed with the performance of Ruben. The coach said he was happy the English midfielder fought his way through the game.
“I was a bit worried in the first 15 minutes if Ruben can find another gear but I heard before it was his first Champions League match since 2015 from the start,” Tuchel said.
“Yeah, I think we can give the boys credit sometimes to be maybe nervous and find their way into the match. I am happy he fought his way through and at the moment it is symbolic for me he does not disappear or stay invisible.
“He wants to dominate opponents, he wants not to just be a part of the game because I think he is too talented to just be a part of the group. He needs to use his full potential – that is the absolute key for him – and if he does like at this moment he can be a big part of the squad.
“That is why I am very happy and after the first 15 minutes, he was involved in a lot of dangerous moments for us. I am happy he pushes himself through these little downs and comes up with another strong performance.
“I am very happy with him and the next step is to show consistency and push himself because the limit can constantly be pushed because he has so much potential.”
The 1-0 win over Malmo has taken Chelsea closer to qualifying from the Champions League Group H. They are sitting on the second spot on the group table with 9 points in four games.
"I'm happy. The job is done."— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 2, 2021
"We were a bit unlucky and lacked a bit of precision."
"We expected a tight match. It was no surprise."
Thomas Tuchel was happy enough with Chelsea's narrow win over Malmo this evening 👊
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They are three points behind first-placed Juventus that have already qualified for the last sixteen stage of the competition with two games left to play.
As it stands, Chelsea need to earn a point against Juventus on Tuesday, November 23 and beat Zenith on December 8 to guarantee their place in the last sixteen.