Without a doubt, Ross Barkley has been one of our best players in pre-season, and the 24-year-old is expected to play a key role for Chelsea under the new manager.
It isn’t by luck that Barkley has done well under Sarri’s watch so far. The former Everton star who played just four times for Chelsea last season prepared in advance before the arrival of the new boss.
Barkley watched Napoli highlights to understand Sarri-ball and also hired a conditioning coach to work on his fitness – and the former Everton man is now being fitter than ever:
Speaking after the Community Shield clash where he played 90 minutes for the first time in a year, Barkley said: “His style of play… for any manager I’ll play any style of play, but for the manager it’s my type of style.
“He’s an attacking manager, he wants exciting football, to be high up the pitch pressing, scoring goals and being exciting, scoring a lot of goals, team performances all round.”