Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek: Beating Leeds sets us up for Dortmund

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek insists they’re capable of overcoming Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea host Dortmund in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit.

“You change from the Premier League to the Champions League and it’s a complete shift in your mind,” he told

“It might be a mental thing. Sometimes us players playing for Chelsea, when the pressure’s on in these big, big games in the Champions League, we always seem to rise to it.

“Anything can happen in the Champions League. We definitely think we can win on Tuesday. We have a big game coming up and we expect from ourselves to rise to that.”

Loftus-Cheek wants to use Saturday’s win against Leeds as a springboard for the rest of the season, aware footballing fortunes can be fickle. It often doesn’t take much to herald a significant shift in form.

“We got the win against Leeds, we could win against Dortmund and then just keep winning. We have the quality of players and the manager to do that.

“We understand we’ve been mediocre, and we’re not just accepting it. We’re hurting from the losses and the draws, because it’s not in us as Chelsea players, so we’re fighting our hardest to turn it around.

“‘Of course you’re going to get criticism, especially at Chelsea, but we don’t expect to stay in that poor run of form. We expect as players to stick together and come through it.”

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