Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is eager to start the new Premier League campaign after impressing in pre-season.
The England midfielder made just 4 appearances for Chelsea last season after a £15 million move from Everton but could be set to feature significantly for the Blues.
Barkley started the Community Shield game against Manchester City and also Chelsea’s Premier League opener away to Huddersfield Town.
Barkley feels that he will have the chance to move forward and score goals under Sarri’s system at Chelsea. When asked about his ambitions for the season, he said:
“To keep learning. The new manager obviously has a different style to our previous manager. There will be freedom because you have three men in the midfield.
“You can go forward, get close to the box, have shots, try to create but obviously we have to be disciplined and organised without the ball.
“I want to be scoring goals, creating goals and, towards the end of the season, there will hopefully be a prize, with a trophy or a couple of trophies.
“One step at a time, but I’m hoping to start the season really strong.”
Barkley’s first season at Stamford Bridge was blighted by a horrific hamstring injury, but he feels he is currently in the best shape of his career.
“I arrived here with a long-term injury,” he said. “I didn’t play many games because of that and a few niggles, little grade ones (muscle tears) from recovering and getting used to working hard.
“But I didn’t see it as a waste of time because, from the time that I joined in January, I have got my body feeling better than ever before.
“I have done everything I could perfectly.
“I felt strong towards the end of the season and then, in the off-season, worked hard with the strength and conditioning coach.
“I got myself really fit just to give myself a head start.
“I am really prepared and I feel at home with the team now.”