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Chelsea had suffered a lacklustre first-half against Leicester City in the FA Cup fifth round tie at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. But fortunately for the Blues, the Foxes didn’t take advantage of it.
Frank Lampard had to make three changes at half-time, and it turned the game in Chelsea’s favour, with Ross Barkley eventually scoring a 63rd minute goal to help seal the win for Chelsea.
Barkley has now praised the Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for passing the knowledge to the midfield players on how to arrive at the box – a key feature of Frank Lampard’s game during his playing days.
“The gaffer encourages it, he likes the midfielders getting into the box,” Barkley told the official Chelsea website. “In training every day, with repetition of arriving in the box, he encourages that and gives us tips.
“In this game it paid off for me and any midfielder that plays for us that gets in the box will get goals.”
Barkley also revealed how watching the match from the substitutes stand has paid off for him in reading the game.
He said: “Watching from the sides it’s an advantage being able to watch from high up in the stands because you can see the space. Coming on for the second half I knew that there was space in and around the box.
“It was a great cross from Willian for my goal and we had a few chances. Myself and a few of the lads’ final delivery wasn’t at its best, but in the second half we created a lot more chances and we were on it more,” he added, before sharing the message Lampard gave to the substitutes at half-time.
“Just help the team win, really. To be vocal on the pitch, lift the tempo and try and make things happen, because obviously in the first half we weren’t good enough. But we came away with the win which was the main thing and I thought we played a little bit better in the second half.”