Ross Barkley is flourishing at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri‘s management, after joining the Blues from Everton on a £15m move in January 2018.
The midfielder became the first Englishman to score in three consecutive Premier League games for Chelsea since Frank Lampard, after scoring against Southampton, Manchester United and Burnley earlier last month.
However, Barkley is aware that Everton fans won’t reserve him a positive reception when he’ll get on the pitch in a Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
He said: “I don’t think it [the reception] will be the best. I was approaching 25 and I felt looking back I could have improved a lot more at Everton. Here I knew I’d improve a lot quicker around better players, world-class players”.
“I’m not nervous, I’m excited to play against my former club and team-mates – I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me”.
“On the day I might get a few nerves as it will feel a bit strange. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the staff there who I used to get on really well with.”