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Ross Barkley has caused a lot of arguments since he came on from the bench and took a decisive penalty that was awarded to Chelsea late in the game against Valencia in our Champions League opener on Tuesday night.
Barkley’s penalty miss meant Chelsea couldn’t get a draw in that game with Valencia leaving Stamford Bridge with all three points, and the Englishman has been criticised for taking the penalty ahead of Willian and Jorginho.
Andreas Christensen has now revealed that Barkley will play the team’s next penalty despite the one he lost against Valencia.
“We know Ross, he is going to take the next one as well, he always feels confident with penalties, he is one of the best ones which is why he was on the penalty today,” Christensen said.
Christensen also hailed Mason Mount who suffered an injury early on against Valencia and revealed that the 20-year-old has been an important player for the squad thus far.
Christensen said: “Mason has been very important for us, he is great for us in our build-up and he is dangerous in front of goal so obviously he was a big loss, but then we have great players to come on so it should not hurt us too much. Hopefully he is not too bad as he is an important player.”
Fortunately for Chelsea, Mount’s X-ray revealed there was no ligament damage and the 20 year old has an outside chance of recovering in time to face the Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.
Mount will reportedly have another scan later this week once the swelling subsides.