Sky Sports pundit hails Maurizio Sarri’s handling of Ross Barkley at Chelsea FC

Jamie Redknapp credits Maurizio Sarri for getting the best out of Ross Barkley at Chelsea FC

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

Ross Barkley has rediscovered the “sparkle” in his eye under Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri, according to Jamie Redknapp.

The Blues playmaker has been a regular in Sarri’s team in the Premier League this season despite a slow start to his Chelsea FC career following his move from Everton.

The west London side signed Barkley in a cut price £15m deal from Everton in January as the Toffees decided to cash in on the attacking midfielder rather than lose their youth product for nothing at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Barkley failed to get on the score-sheet in four appearances in the second half of the 2017-18 season, while the England international struggled to have a positive impact on Antonio Conte’s team when trusted with a starting spot.

However, the 24-year-old has relished the chance to play in Sarri’s team in the current campaign as the Italian head coach looks to implement an attacking style of play.

The England international opened his Chelsea FC account in a 3-0 win over Southampton at St Mary’s before the international break in a man of the match performance at the south coast.

Barkley built on that performance with the equaliser in Chelsea FC’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in their ninth Premier League game of the campaign on Saturday.

And former Liverpool FC and Tottenham midfielder Redknapp believes Chelsea FC playmaker Barkley is starting to get back to his best under Sarri.

“You can see he’s got that sparkle in his eye again,” Redknapp told Sky Sports after England’s 3-2 win against Spain last week.

“I think he’s learning a lot about the game under Sarri. I think he’s developing. It’s confidence, it’s belief.

“The belief this [the win over Spain] has got to give these young players… I think about the two midfield players: you’ve got Harry Winks and Ross Barkley and I’m thinking to myself before the game, ‘they’ve not had a lot of minutes in the Premier League, a couple of Champions League games.'”

He added: “I couldn’t wait to see how they’d do [against Spain]. Both of them were fantastic in there. They were different class, the way they held the ball up, the way they passed it.”

Barkley has scored one goal and has made two assists in nine appearances in all competitions this season to rekindle his form that earned the attacking midfielder rave reviews during his spell under Roberto Martinez.

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