Maurizio Sarri has harsh words for Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley

Barkley has to improve

Ross Barkley has been told to improve.

He’s had a stop and start season this time out.

After struggling in the second half of last term under Antonio Conte, things have been better under Maurizio Sarri.

Despite that, Sarri is harsh on his players at times.

He offered some praise for Barkley, but made it clear things need to get better.

Sky Sports report Sarri said:“I think [he played] well but sometimes, he drove the ball too much.

“He lost two or three dangerous balls and I think it was better to move the ball quicker. Generally, in the 85 minutes he played, he did very well.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea. is treated for an injury to his ankle during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea FC at Selhurst Park on December 30, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Kante’s own form

Another player who’s form has come under scrutiny this season is N’Golo Kante.

Kante has been a mixed bag after seeing Jorginho handed the role in his favoured position.

Sarri has made it clear that won’t be changing.


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Kante is adapting, and scored the winner today against Crystal Palace.

However, quite if he will want to play out of position for the majority of the peak of his career is another thing altogether.

Kante is one of the best in the world – if not the best in his natural position.

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