Lampard breaks silence on Barkley’s form ahead of Crystal Palace game

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Ahead of Tuesday’s game against Crystal Palace, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has praised Ross Barkley for his work ethic and the goal threat that he brings to the midfield.

Barkley has started five out of Chelsea’s last seven games while making a positive impact off the bench in the other two.

“I don’t think it’s a new level for Ross,” Lampard said.

“I played against and with Ross, for England, and he’s got great quality. What he’s doing now is playing a very complete role, with his work-rate, recovering and jumping out to defenders from midfield areas, and he always has that goal threat with his technical qualities of right and left foot.

“Ross has been dedicated to the cause in lockdown, in his performances just before lockdown, and I’m delighted with him. He just needs to keep his levels. I’m delighted with him and his attitude has been first class.”

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