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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is enjoying his start to the new season, and the 24-year-old has proven to be a key part of Maurizio Sarri’s team.

If Barkley doesn’t start a game, then he’s most likely to enter the pitch in the second half, which is a far cry from what he experienced last season.

Barkley has impressed in Maurizio Sarri’s Sarri-ball system, and the 24-year-old has revealed that he is well suited to the manager’s philosophy.

“From a technical point of view, he is making me a better player,” Barkley said.

“His philosophy is helping me a lot right now. Over the years I haven’t really been coached much, and I am at an age now where I understand football a lot more, and I know how important it is to take different tactics from different managers on board.

“Our players are high up the pitch, he likes to press, and when we receive the ball we are closer to the goal to take shots and create chances, which is the way I like to play. Right now I am ready to understand every aspect of the game.

“His style of play really suits mine, so I feel like as the season goes on I will show a lot more of what I am capable of.”

Barkley was overlooked for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad last summer after recovering from an eight-month injury lay-off.

With his current form this season, the 24-year-old believes he’s ready to play for the Three Lions.

He said: “I’m playing a big role in the side at the minute and I believe my performances show I’m capable of being in the England squad now.”

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