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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has been enjoying himself in Chelsea’s pre-season games so far. The 25-year-old is looking sharp ahead of the new season and is staking a place in the team ahead of next season.
Barkley capped off a good performance with a stunning free-kick against Reading, as Chelsea won the game 4-3 at the Madejski Stadium.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was a free scoring midfielder during his playing days, and the Blues boss has urged Barkley to do more on the pitch. Barkley has revealed that Lampard wants him to take more risks and more shots.
Barkley said as quoted by Goal: “He’s been saying ‘express yourself on the pitch, take risks, don’t be too safe, shoot, try to create chances’. It’s something I can do and it’s what he has been putting into me in training and the pre-season games.
“I’ve seen what he was capable of as a player when I played with him for England a few years ago. He has brought the work ethic that he had as a player to his management – we have been working really hard.
“You don’t want to play in your shell. You want to be playing off the cuff sometimes to take chances and make something happen. That’s what players like myself, Mason, Ruben when he’s back… that’s what we want to express on the pitch.
“As a player you can’t be too worried if you take a risk and whether it’s not going to come off. You have to try to make things happen and, hopefully, that’ll start happening on the pitch. I’m looking forward to taking my chances.
“All managers are like that but some managers like discipline as well, which I have added from previous managers. It’s about getting the right balance and knowing on the pitch when is the right time to take risks.”