Barkley and Morata praised after Chelsea victory

Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata both scored at Burnley. [Picture: AP Photo/Rui Vieira]

Maurizio Sarri praised Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata after Chelsea’s thumping win against Burnley.

Both players scored in the 4-0 triumph at Turf Moor, where Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also found the net.


Barkley became the first English player since former Chelsea star Frank Lampard in 2013 to score in three consecutive Premier League matches.

It continued the midfielder’s resurgence since the long-term hamstring injury which blighted his first season with the Blues.

Head coach Sarri said: “Barkley is doing very well in this period. He improved in the defensive phase, improved very much.

“He improved his physical condition because the last season for him was really very difficult.

“He’s a very good player from the technical point of view. Now I think Ross is complete.”

Morata put Chelsea ahead at Turf Moor. [Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire]

Morata is also in good form. Having endured much frustration in front of goal, the striker has now scored three in his last four outings.

And Sarri is hopeful Morata has now turned a corner.

“He played a very good game. Probably he could score more but he scored a good goal,” Sarri said.

“I think the last three or four matches can be a good restart for him.”