Antonio Conte sends message to Ross Barkley after Chelsea FC debut

Antonio Conte has a message for Ross Barkley after the midfielder made his debut for Chelsea FC against Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
ross barkley
Chelsea FC midfielder Ross Barkley Photo: Screengrab

Antonio Conte has warned Ross Barkley that he will have to “work a lot” after the midfielder made his debut for Chelsea FC in the 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

The midfielder has been getting used to life at Stamford Bridge after signing for the Blues from Everton at the start of the January transfer window.

Barkley started the game at The Emirates on the bench but was called into action after just 30 minutes when he came on to replace the injured Willian.

It was the England international’s first appearance this season as he bids to earn his place in the Chelsea FC team following a lengthy lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Conte was happy with Barkley’s commitment and desire but admitted that he wants to see more from the England international in the coming weeks and months.

Speaking at his post-match news conference at The Emirates on Wednesday night, Conte said: “Ross is a really good player and has great prospects and is very important for Chelsea, but he needs a bit of time to understand our football.

“He has to work a lot but I am very happy for his game, for his effort.

“I am very happy with the commitment of my players, they gave 120 per cent to try to reach the final.”

Chelsea FC must now dust themselves down as they prepare to return to action on Sunday afternoon with a home clash against Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Blues reached the final but lost to Arsenal last season.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard: Chelsea FC star was ‘imperious’ against Man United
Frank Lampard
Edouard Mendy sends Chelsea FC message to Petr Cech
Frank Lampard
‘He has confidence about him’: Frank Lampard talks up Chelsea FC signing
Gary Neville
Gary Neville reacts to Thiago Silva’s display in Chelsea FC’s draw at Man United
Mikel Arteta
Dimitar Berbatov states his prediction for Arsenal v Leicester
Paul Merson
Paul Merson instructs Liverpool FC to make this signing in January
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Dan Evans
European Open 2020: Rising star Ugo Humbert denies Dan Evans in Antwerp marathon
Alisson Becker (Photo: LFC TV / YouTube)
Jurgen Klopp gives latest Liverpool FC injury update on Alisson Becker
Sky Sports pundit Patrice Evra
Patrice Evra: Man United star had ‘really solid game’ against Chelsea FC