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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has praised England midfielder Ross Barkley stating that he possesses the potential to emerge as a great player for both club and country.

Barkley made his third Premier League start under Sarri against Southampton at the St Mary’s stadium.

He assisted Eden Hazard for Chelsea’s first in the game and scored the second for the Blues before Alvaro Morata consolidated on the lead with a third.

The impressive performance from the English man came three days after he was recalled to the Three Lions squad by Gareth Southgate for the first time since 2016.

Speaking on the player’s performance, Sarri said: “He played very well. I am really happy with him”.

“From the beginning he has improved day by day, week by week and match by match, so I am very happy with him and for him, for the goal, for the national team.”

The Blues are now unbeaten in 8 Premier League games and 11 in all competitions. However, Sarri insisted that the defence must improve.

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“We played a very good match,” the Italian said.

“I am very happy for our fans because I think our support today was excellent. I’m very happy for the players – but we can do more.

“In the defensive phase we can do more. In the second half we have given them two or three opportunities.”