Loftus-Cheek: It's important we use influence to do something positive
- The Blues face New England Revolution tonight.
- This friendly is called The Final Whistle on Hate game.
- The proceeds from the game will be donated for organizations fighting antisemitism and discrimination.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek spoke to the press before the friendly against New England Revolution.
It's quite a turnaround to go and play a friendly abroad when the season is not over yet. The Blues will have two weeks after this game to prepare for the Europa League final against Arsenal in Baku.
But for our 23-year-old midfielder, it's great to get fresh experience which may be beneficial for the other side as well.
"It’s not often we get to play MLS sides," he said. "I remember playing against New York Red Bulls’ first team when we came out here with Jose Mourinho in pre-season. It’ll be great to play against a team like New England Revolution that plays in a league which is growing. Hopefully, games like these can be part of helping that league grow.
"I have had a look at MLS matches in recent seasons because they show some of the games on Sky Sports in England and when it’s on I’ll tune in and have a watch. It’s good to see because well-known players are going out there and helping the league grow. It’s good for that to happen because it obviously makes us interested in watching it as well."
Of course, Loftus-Cheek also pointed out the main purpose of the game which is a part of our club's Say No To Antisemitism campaign. In the England international's view, football has a tremendous potential to draw attention to the most acute problems.
"This sport has a massive impact on the world. It is the top sport in the world and us players, through our social media accounts and everything else, can have an influence, so it’s important that we try to do something positive.
"We are doing this for the right reasons – we can help send the message not just to the football population, but to the wider world as well. I’ve always seen players coming in from different countries, or different religions, and I think it’s good to embrace that and to be a part of it."