Loftus-Cheek gives his team some extra quality going forward when he plays and could be unsafe on the counter attack.
The first-half humiliation could have been even worse for Chelsea had Sergio Aguero not uncharacteristically passed up a glorious chance to double City's lead after Raheem Sterling fired home a fourth-minute opener.
"After three games in a week - tough games against Arsenal and at Goodison Park - playing the way we played with this intensity and patience to find spaces in the right moments, the players were outstanding". At half-time, I told the lads that if we were able to react, we'd come back stronger than ever'.More news: Troops shuffled along U.S. southern border to counter migrant caravan from Mexico
But when Sterling was too quick for Cesar Azpilicueta and chopped down by the Spaniard inside the area, Aguero coolly slotted home from the penalty spot to move level with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah as the Premier League's top scorer on 17 for the season.
"I have said many times, Sergio scores every single season a lot of goals". Manchester City play fantastic football and I saw an extraordinary team.
Manager Pep Guardiola sank to his knees in frustration but he was soon celebrating as Aguero made amends in sensational fashion.More news: I have ‘not interfered’ with Mueller investigation, Whitaker says
As City kept scoring, Chelsea's official account appeared to give up hope during the first-half. "We did it, it's an incredible compliment to the players, they are outstanding", he added.
City signed off from Premier League duty for a few weeks with a statement victory that heaps huge pressure on Liverpool to get a result when they play their game in hand at Manchester United in a fortnight.
"Now we can have two days off and prepare for Newport and the [Carabao Cup] final".More news: Frozen cat thawed out after being found unresponsive in Montana snow bank