Ruben Loftus-Cheek says making his senior Chelsea debut has given him a thirst for more first-team playing time.
The 18-year-old midfielder, who has been with the Blues since the age of eight, made his first appearance in Wednesday night's Champions League Group G defeat of Sporting Lisbon.
Manager Jose Mourinho insisted prior to the 3-1 win that Loftus-Cheek's inclusion would be a day for the whole Chelsea academy to celebrate, showing there is a path to the first team despite no one making a lasting impression since John Terry.
Loftus-Cheek, who came on for the final seven minutes, told Chelsea TV: "I wanted it to last longer. It was a bit weird when I came on, a bit surreal, it took a while to sink in.
"Just to come on is all I can ask for. To play at a full Stamford Bridge is amazing. When you come on and you start playing it all just goes away, you're just focused.
"After that I just want to keep working harder - to get more opportunities like that would be wicked."
Chelsea player ratings vs Sporting
Chelsea player ratings vs Sporting
1/10 Petr Cech
With Chelsea already through as Group G winners, Thibaut Courtois was given the night off and Cech made just his fourth start of the season. He could do nothing about Sporting’s goal but did produce a good save from Islam Slimani’s powerful second-half header. 7/10
2/10 Cesar Azpilicueta
Switched to right back to accommodate Filipe Luis and had a comfortable evening. Booked late on. 7
3/10 Kurt Zouma
The 20-year-old defender impressed after coming on as a substitute against Tottenham and, playing alongside Gary Cahill at centre-half, did well again here. 7
4/10 Filipe Luis
Has found opportunities limited since moving to Stamford Bridge last summer and will struggle to break into the Chelsea side ahead of Azpilicueta. 6
5/10 Cesc Fabregas
Played further forward in the No10 role and put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot after eight minutes. 7
6/10 Jon Obi Mikel
Put Chelsea 3-1 up with just fifth goal in eight years and his first since January. Did will alongside Matic in midfield. 7
7/10 Nemanja Matic
Chelsea missed Matic against Newcastle and the Serbia international, who has become a key player for Jose Mourinho, was a commanding presence in midfield. 7
8/10 Mohamed Salah
Had a rare opportunity to impress Jose Mourinho but did little and was substituted after 70 minutes. 5
9/10 Andre Schurrle
Scored his first goal since September to double Chelsea’s lead in the firs half, but then his weak header was punished by Jonathan Silva for Sporting’s goal. Replaced by Ramires after 73 minutes. 7
10/10 Diego Costa
Still looking for his first Champions League goal. Had a quiet evening. 6
Goalkeeper Petr Cech started against Sporting and also wants further opportunities.
The 32-year-old has been displaced after 10 years as first choice by Thibaut Courtois and has been linked with a move away from Chelsea, with numerous clubs reported to be interested, including Arsenal.
"It's up to everyone to keep working and to show to the manager when you get a game that you can play any game," Cech said on chelseafc.com.
"For everybody it's important to have this opportunity to play and to be in 'game shape' because the season is very long.
"You need everybody in the squad to be available and in the best condition possible to hope that you can win anything."
The match saw Chelsea bounce back from a first loss in 24 matches this season at Newcastle last Saturday with a victory ahead of this weekend's Premier League encounter with Hull.
"It's always important to win especially when you lose a game in the league," Cech added.
"We wanted to have a good performance and win the game and you could see that from the start."
Chelsea, semi-finalists last season, must wait until Monday to discover their last 16 opponents, with Juventus, Basle, Bayer Leverkusen, Paris St Germain or Shakhtar Donetsk all possible opponents in February.
"Last season we were unlucky in the semi-finals and this season we would like to carry on the good work," Cech said.
"We go game by game now. Obviously we have the quality and we know we can beat anybody. Let's see where it takes us."
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