Antonio Conte reveals his ‘worry’ about new Chelsea FC signing
Antonio Conte explains his number one worry about Ross Barkley following the midfielder's transfer to Chelsea FC
Antonio Conte has admitted that his one concern about Ross Barkley is his ability to adapt to Chelsea FC’s style of play.
The England midfielder has been getting used to life at Stamford Bridge following his transfer to the west London club from Everton at the start of the January transfer window.
Barkley made his debut for the Blues last month in what was his first appearance of the season against Arsenal after his struggles with a serious hamstring injury.
Conte has been thrilled by Barkley’s physical state and insists that he is more concerned about the midfielder’s ability to adapt to his philosophy at Stamford Bridge.
Conte is quoted as saying by Metro: “I thought I’d find a player who was not in good physical condition. Instead, I was surprised to find a player in good physical condition,
“Yes, yes, a positive surprise. You saw that during the Arsenal game [in the League Cup last week]. He played. He was my first substitution after the Willian injury.
“My worry is not about his physical condition, but only to go into our idea of football, to understand the movement without the ball and with the ball.
“For this, he needs a bit of period to go into our idea of football, to understand this.”
Chelsea FC are aiming to at least finish in the top four this season after they won the title in style in Conte’s first campaign in charge last term.
The Blues are now preparing for their Premier League clash against Watford on Monday night as they look to keep up their recent good form in the English top flight.
Chelsea FC also have the small matter of a crunch showdown with FC Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month as they look to progress in Europe.