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Chelsea attacking midfielder Ross Barkley thinks that Maurizio Sarri will need to have patience to execute his changes at the club. Sarri’s first match of the season ended in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Community Shield. Additionally, Sarri is also having a tough time trying to persuade goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to stay at the club. The Belgian returned to England but was absent from Chelsea’s training session.
Barkley said that Sarri could do wonders at the club but he will have to keep his cool. The 24-year old said, “If you look back to now in three months, you’ll see a big difference. You’ve just got to be a patient with getting to know the new manager’s way.”
The attacking midfielder joined Chelsea from Everton in January but played only four games. He missed much of the season with Everton due to a hamstring injury. Barkley was eventually left out of England’s squad for the World Cup.
Barkley expects to impress Maurizio Sarri and cement his place in the Chelsea squad. He also hopes to make a comeback to the national team setup, last featuring in a game against Australia in 2016. Barkley said, “The [England] team did really well and the team’s going far. You can see the direction the team’s going in. Hopefully the performances that I put in early on I can get back in the squad.That’s my aim, but to be doing well for Chelsea is first thing.”
Ross Barkley played in three of Chelsea’s pre-season matches and played the entirety of the Community Shield match. Maurizio Sarri himself mentioned that Barkley has a crucial role to play at the club.