Barkley: Sarri will need time at Chelsea

Chelsea: Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley has warned patience will be required as Maurizio Sarri sets about his transformation of Chelsea.

Sarri was appointed three weeks ago after Antonio Conte was sacked as head coach.

Chelsea, who were disappointing in the Premier League last season, were well beaten by Manchester City in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley.

And Barkley believes it will take time for Sarri to turn their fortunes around.

“If you look back to now in three months, you’ll see a big difference,” he predicted.

“You’ve just got to be a patient with getting to know the new manager’s way.”

[media-credit id=2 align=”alignnone” width=”620″][/media-credit] Sarri has praised Barkley for his pre-season displays[/caption]


Barkley hopes to secure a place in Sarri’s side and earn an England recall.

The 24-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Everton in January, but injuries limited his impact.

Now fully fit and encouraged by Sarri’s warm praise of his attributes, Barkley is eager to play a big role for club and country.

“The (England) team did really well and the team’s going far,” Barkley said.

“You can see the direction the team’s going in. Hopefully the performances that I put in early on I can get back in the squad.

“That’s my aim, but to be doing well for Chelsea is first thing. It’s a big season for me.

“I had a few injuries and I signed off of a long-term injury. But that’s behind me now.

“I’m feeling really strong now and I’m sure when the season starts next week I’ll be ready to go.”

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