Rampant Ruben Loftus-Cheek shoots down Bate in Europa stroll for Chelsea

If it is possible to advance claims for a Premier League place by helping to suppress severely limited opponents, then Ruben Loftus-Cheek did exactly that here, scoring all three goals as Chelsea sauntered to victory over Bate Borisov. The hat-trick leaves his club well on course for the next stage of the Europa League, with maximum points from their three group games so far.

The outcome of this match was never in doubt but Maurizo Sarri will be irritated by the way his side nodded off late-on to allow Aleksei Rios pull back a goal for the visitors.

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