Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has promised Chelsea fans that good times are ahead.
The Blues have struggled lately after a promising start to the season with heavy defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City that have seen Chelsea drop out of the top six. A 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge also saw Chelsea crash out of the FA Cup.
Barkley admits Chelsea are struggling to reproduce Maurizio Sarri’s ideas on the pitch but insists the Blues will come good.
Barkley was part of the Everton side that beat Manchester City 4-0 in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge and he believes there are similarities between Guardiola’s first season at City and Sarri’s first season at Chelsea.
“We’re learning every day,” Barkley said, according to Daily Mail. “We are all top-class players and we all want to learn more. If you compare Pep Guardiola’s first season, they went through a bit of an up-and-down spell. When I was at Everton, we beat them 4-0.
“We have got ambition to be one of the best footballing sides in the world. We’re one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“The style of play the manager wants is not where it is at now. Over time it will come. Bad days don’t always stay. Good times are ahead. We are doing it every day in training. I am sure, with time, you will see how good it will be.”
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger recently described Sarri’s long tactical sessions, even on the day of a game, as like being back at school but Barkley insists he doesn’t mind as it would help the players perform better.
“Every manager has their own way of approaching games,” says Barkley. “We did similar things at Everton under Roberto Martinez. It’s just a way of being organised in a game. It’s only going to help us. Personally, I don’t mind it.
“He tries to improve every player. Throughout his career, you can see at Napoli how well he did with the players he had, how much he improved them. We went through a bit of an up-and-down spell in the last couple of weeks, but we’re confident we’ll come through it and achieve success.
“Over the years – me not being at the club – you see managers come, managers go,” said Barkley. “It’s all about success, winning trophies. That’s why I came to the club. If things aren’t going well there’s always going to be pressure that comes with it.”