Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has attributed his recent improvement at Chelsea to new manager Maurizio Sarri.
The midfielder suffered injuries last season and was apparently not favored by former boss Antonio Conte.
According to Barkley, little coaching also worked against his development after his teenage years.
Barkley was one of the highly rated English midfielders at a time but found his career hampered by injuries.
He moved to Chelsea in January but rarely got a chance and failed to impress Conte, spending most of his time on the sidelines.
However, Sarri’s arrival appears to have brought about the player’s resurgence at Chelsea. He has already made 8 appearances under the Italian tactician this season at Stamford Bridge.
In a chat ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League game against Hungarian side Mol Vidi at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, Barkley said:
“I would say Sarri’s philosophy has helped me a lot because over the years I haven’t been coached much and I am at an age now where I understand football a lot more. I know how important it is to take different tactics from different managers on board. I feel like I am ready to understand every aspect of the game.”
“When I broke into the Everton side under Roberto Martínez I was playing in the No 10 role and I had never played there before, so I was getting used to that role as a first-team player. But usually I was a No 8. Before I broke my leg I was a deep-lying midfield player, so I have always been a centre midfielder, either in a two or a three. Now I am in a three and I feel really comfortable with that.”
The 24-year-old feels he has benefited from Sarri’s philosophy and eye for detail.”
“I believe that, if I did have that type of approach from a coach when I was younger, then maybe I would have improved a lot more, where I am right now is where I believe I should be.”