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Nor did it overshadow the standout performance from England global Loftus-Cheek, who will not be getting carried away in his bid for a first Premier League start of the season. 'In the offensive phase wonderful.

'If I'm him, I'm hoping he takes me off before the 90 minutes is up, ' Hoddle told BT Sport after the game.

'Now I think the same, but now he's now more suitable to my football.

'At the moment we have four midfielders for two positions, three of them with the same characteristics.

A move that started with Loftus Cheek in his own half saw Pedro burst down the left flank and, when he was dispossessed, Chelsea's home-grown talent was on hand to guide home his hat-trick goal.

Loftus-Cheek's second was all about his positional play, the 22-year-old arriving ahead of Olivier Giroud to apply a side-footed volley to Willian's corner and again finding the net low to Scherbitski's right.

And if he doesn't see his game time increased in the coming months, the former England manager says it could be time to leave the club for Loftus-Cheek.

"I need to keep up good habits, eating well, sleeping well, training well and hopefully my opportunity will come".

"The first thing in my head is to keep training well, even though I'm playing well it's really important to train as hard as I can to keep fitness up and keep sharp for when times like this do come when I get an opportunity to start or come on". I can only put 11 players in the starting side, but I have 28 players. I knew then that this season was going to be my time, and that I would be more like a new signing this summer than I was in January, just because of where I was at physically.

"We need to work and they have to improve in the defensive phase".

The England global completed his brace from a corner-kick as Loftus-Cheek sneaked in to steal the shot and it was 2-0 to Chelsea.