It’s an unlikely event but BATE Borisov might be wondering if there would be another individual annihilation like Ruben Loftus-Cheek delivered in the previous game at Stamford Bridge.
The English midfielder’s hat trick against the Belarusian side was nothing short of amazing. He personally took the game by the scruff of the neck and tore Chelsea’s Europa League opponents apart. Deft touches, dribbles, flicks and fine vision in his passing accompanied his goals a fortnight ago.
Should he repeat another performance even remotely close to what was seen of him against BATE in Chelsea’s third game of the European season, articles of his greatness in waiting will flood the internet. Already many have called for his bold push out of Chelsea to see more minutes.
He would fancy playing well again against the only side he has scored a hattrick against in his senior Chelsea career when Maurizio Sarri’s side take on BATE on Thursday, but you can be sure the fourth-placed side in Group L have not forgotten where the dangers lie.