Chelsea FC midfielder admits first season at Stamford Bridge was ‘tough’

Ross Barkley is looking forward to making a big impact at Chelsea FC under Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri
Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Ross Barkley has admitted that his first season at Chelsea FC this season was “tough” after he struggled for form and fitness under Antonio Conte.

The midfielder signed for the Blues back in January from Everton after having previously been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

However, the midfielder struggled to break into the first team at the west London club under Conte and ended up only making two starts for the Blues.

Barkley has now been getting to grips with life under new manager Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge as he looks to impress the new man in charge in west London.

And the 24-year-old has admitted that his first few months at Chelsea FC were very difficult for him.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail, Barkley said: “It was tough.

“I didn’t see it as a waste of time. I got my body feeling better than it has ever felt before. I feel fit and strong. When you have a new manager, you have to impress.

“The new manager has a different style of play. Going forward, getting close to the box, having shots, trying to create, being well drilled. It’s a new style.

“I am really prepared and feel at home now. I feel like I have been here for a long time and get on well with all the lads.”

Chelsea FC will be looking to be one of the main contenders for the Premier League title next season as they look to try and enjoy a successful first campaign under Sarri.

The Blues ended up in fifth place in the table last term as they also won the FA Cup in Conte’s final campaign in charge of the west London club.

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