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Lampard backs Barkley to shine against Everton

Ross Barkley's form has been on the rise in recent matches. The midfielder is enjoying a new lease of life at Chelsea after eye-catch...


Ross Barkley's form has been on the rise in recent matches. The midfielder is enjoying a new lease of life at Chelsea after eye-catching performances against Tottenham in the league and Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is hoping for the same when Chelsea host Barkley's former club, Everton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

“What I do find with Ross, personality-wise, is he is a really good-natured man, a good lad who really wants to do well at his job,” Lampard said.

“Very close to his family, who obviously have roots up at Everton and where he is from.

“I don't think he will have a crazy reaction or revel in it, he is that type. He is a determined lad who will want to do well against his old team. And who he respects as a club. I am pretty confident he will handle it in the right well.

“It is competitive for us in midfield areas, not just for Ross, but in that area for players who have been out at times. Ross probably had a longer time out, some of that was an injury, where he was out for around six weeks.

“Some of that in the early start of the season when Ross wasn't getting in was, and he'd say himself, that he could have been doing better. But Ross has taken that on in the most positive way possible.

“He has worked hard, he got his nose in the team, and he does need confidence as a player. I believe that and so to play him and give him minutes is always going to help with the confidence.

“If he plays like he did against Liverpool and Tottenham recently then he is a big player for this club. I am pleased to see his recent performances.

“Can he keep churning them out? I definitely know he has the intention to and I see that in training and how he holds himself every day. Particularly in this period.”

Barkley is likely to start in midfield when Chelsea host Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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