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Ahead of EL home match against Hungarian side Videoton, Chelsea attacking midfielder Ross Barkley, attending Blues pre-match press conference, stated: "I had a difficult time last season, with such a lot of injuries. It was bound to be frustrating, but I was mentally tough, as I have been with previous injuries. My focus was on 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.
Now I had 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 gave me the chance to play: I have played, and I hope I have taken my chance. From a technical point of view, he is making me a better player. 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.
When you go through the youth system you’re always going in to do analysis work, you’re always looking at every way of improving and your coaches are always on top of you. And then, once you get into the first team, it can change, because game to game managers are focusing on weekly results, and not player development. A lot of players in first teams are older, experienced players, who know the game. That’s just the way it can go. I believe if I did have that type of approach from a coach from when I was younger, then maybe I would have improved a lot more, but these things happen in football. Where I am right now is where I believe I should be. I am in the right place to show what I am capable of".