Ross Barkley was in top form for England during the international break, and it seems the 25-year-old could be hitting good form at the right time, as Chelsea seek to break into the top four and seal a Champions League place by the end of the season.
Barkley was an early substitute in the Three Lion’s 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic, and after impressing from the bench, he was handed a start in their next game against Montenegro, where he impressed again and scored a brace as England won the game 5-1.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Cardiff City in the Premier League, Barkley is hoping that he can take his country form to Chelsea, and believes the club can go on a winning streak to get back into top four.
“I had a good week away with England, two positive results and I got a couple of goals, and now I’m looking forward to a strong end of the season with Chelsea,” Barkley told the official Chelsea website.
“We’re looking up the table. Our last result against Everton, we performed really well in the first half but we dropped off in the second. We’ve had a 10-day break since our last game, so we’re looking forward to playing Cardiff and then with the right approach hopefully we can get back to winning ways and force our way up the table.
“That’s our target now. We’ve got to go on a winning streak, so we’ve got to take one game at a time. We’ll be working hard on it on the training pitch to approach each game with the right frame of mind.
“It’s a tough game against Cardiff. When we played them at Stamford Bridge earlier this season they started really well. They’re a really solid team with their 4-4-1-1 and they’re solid at the back, even with Sol Bamba out injured. We’ll approach it in the right frame of mind and they will put up a challenge, but hopefully it will be a win for us.”