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Sarri admits midfielder had a poor start with him but has worked his way into the first team
MAURIZIO SARRI has claimed that when he first took over at Chelsea, Ross Barkley was “in trouble”.
But now the England midfielder, who will face his boyhood club Everton tomorrow for the first time since leaving Goodison, has overtaken Ruben Loftuscheek in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The battle for places in Sarri’s midfield at Chelsea is intense, with Jorginho, N’golo Kante, Barkley, Loftus-cheek, Mateo Kovacic, and Cesc Fabregas all battling for places, and Danny Drinkwater seemingly out in the cold.
But Barkley, after a start under Sarri which the Italian admits was far from perfect, has made himself a real contender – and won an England recall.
Barkley (left) played the entire 90 minutes as Chelsea took their unbeaten run this season to 17 games by reaching the last 32 of the Europa League with a 1-0 win at BATE Borisov on Thursday night. Sarri’s side are now the only unbeaten team in all of Europe’s top five leagues.
The 24-year-old, who made 150 appearances for Everton before joining Chelsea last January in a £15million deal, has hit