“Why I started Ross Barkley against Burnley” – Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel handed Ross Barkley his first start of the season in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Burnley on Saturday.

Explaining why he started Barkley, Tuchel said: “I think he deserves it, as simple as that, by his performances and by his attitude. Ross was very strong when he came into our game against Southampton (in the Premier League), he turned things around, and he helped turn things around against Newcastle when he stepped in.

“It’s the moment he deserves and hopefully he has freshness in his legs from not having too many games so far.

“Hopefully he sees it as a big chance to step up and show his qualities. We like what we see and a bit of fresh energy is always good.”

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