‘From a technical point of view”, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is making Ross Barkley “a better player” as the former Everton midfielder told journalist at a press conference ahead of Europa League clash against FC Vidi at Stamford Bridge.
Brakley said: “His philosophy is helping me a lot right now. Over the years I haven’t really been coached much, and I am at an age now where I understand football a lot more, and I know how important it is to take different tactics from different managers on board,
“Our players are high up the pitch, he likes to press, and when we receive the ball we are closer to the goal to take shots and create chances, which is the way I like to play. Right now I am ready to understand every aspect of the game”.
‘His style of play really suits mine, so I feel like as the season goes on I will show a lot more of what I am capable of. You only need to be around the gaffer for half-an-hour to know how intelligent he is. His attention to detail for each player is really important so you understand what he wants for each game we go into. He prepares for each game and each opponent really well. You can understand how much he loves the game”.
The 24-year-old had his say also on reasons behind the lack of international caps with England since joining Chelsea back in January 2018, with Antonio Conte still in charge.
“I had a difficult time last season with a lot of injuries” he noted.
“It was bound to be frustrating, but I was mentally tough as I have been with previous injuries. My focus was on here coming here and improving, and I believe even when I wasn’t playing games I was still improving in training and understanding the different movements of the players and getting used to them”.
“This season I have got a strong pre-season under my belt and now I am kicking on. I am feeling as fit as I have ever felt before. Sarri has given me the chance to play and I have played, and I hope I have taken my chance!”