Ross Barkley has featured in three of Chelsea’s last five matches (Picture: Getty)
Ross Barkley has pinpointed a match during training as a major turning point in his Chelsea career.
The 27-year-old returned to his parent club in the summer in the hope of proving himself to new manager Thomas Tuchel, despite having to compete with the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a place In the starting XI.
After struggling for game time at the start of the season, Barkley has since featured in three of the west London club’s last five matches in all competitions, including a start in the Blues’ 1-1 draw at home to Burnley earlier this month.
And the former Everton midfielder believes it was a training session back in September that really made Tuchel step up and take notice of him.
‘Just before the first international break I was training really well and then we had an in-house game,’ he said.
Ross Barkley believes his mentality in training has helped him succeed at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
‘I scored a couple of goals and created a few and when he spoke to me afterwards I felt that he was impressed. Since then I was a major part of the group.
‘It was just about showing my quality and being consistent and doing my extra work, but that was the turning point, just before the days off for the first international break.
‘When you train under this manager he takes notice and he rewards you, which I’d heard from the lads who worked with him last season before I came back.
‘It is great because some managers aren’t necessarily like that.
‘If you train well he does reward you, but not in a sense that you get rewarded just for training well, you’ve got to perform when you get the chance as well.’