English Premiership

Barkley raring to go after nightmare Chelsea season

2018-08-01 09:45
Ross Barkley (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is raring to go in the new Premier League campaign after working hard to overcome his injury problems in the off-season.

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The 24-year-old signed for the Blues from Everton in January but made only two Premier League appearances under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Barkley had to undergo surgery on a torn hamstring last year and subsequently struggled with a series of problems that hampered his progress, but he says he is finally back to full fitness and ready for the new season.

"I arrived here with a long-term injury," he told the media.

"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.

"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."

 

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