|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Player||Chelsea FC|
2018 09 29 Retrieve
[Ross Barkley on team-mate Eden Hazard] Oh God, you see him do that every day in training so you’re not surprised when you see him do it in a game like that – but what a goal. He’s one of the best players in the world and he shows it. He’s been showing it for the last five or six years and he is establishing himself in the top three players in the world. At the minute, he’s probably the best player in the world, the way he is playing
2020 01 06 Retrieve
[Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has revealed that he was forced to train with just his left foot for a number of weeks after suffering chips to two bones in his right] It felt great to just be back on the pitch. I haven’t played for a while. After I injured my foot, I had a setback for a while. I was in pain until probably a couple of weeks ago when I became pain-free.
I have put in a lot of hard work and I was grateful to get a start today and get a goal. It is tough to be on the side watching games. You want to be on the pitch. But I had trouble. I had fine chips on two parts of my bone in my foot so it was really painful. I just had to bide my time and keep working hard. I couldn’t really kick the ball with my right foot so I was training with my left. But now I feel good and I am ready to get back in the side and keep working hard.
I was trying my hardest to pass the ball in training with my right foot but it was that painful I just had to train with my left foot. Some days I would have to come out of training because it would be really painful, but for the last two or three weeks, I have been pain-free so I have been putting in the extra yards.
After training, I have been doing double sessions fitness-wise so I could stay on top of it with me not getting games for a while. Hopefully, I can kick on from here and get back in the side by continuing to work hard in training. Hopefully with a goal I have put that thought back in the manager’s mind.
I have got to keep scoring with every chance I get. Last time I went away with England I scored a couple and then I came back and got a setback. So it was frustrating from that side of it. But to come back and score today is good for my confidence. I will come back into training on Tuesday ready to kick on again
[Ross Barkley is hopeful that his club form ahead of the spring internationals can see him continue in midfield for the Three Lions] From the last camp I spoke with him because I got called up to the England squad. I was struggling and it wasn’t beneficial for me to go with the England squad to just get treatment and not play any games. It was more about getting myself right and I have been feeling right for the past couple of weeks now. I was back in the side today and hopefully, he will have seen I have scored - which he probably will - and then we have got a lot of games until the next England meet-up. But the main thing is to focus on helping us progress [at Chelsea] and get our home form much better so we can kick on and get higher up the table
2020 01 06b Retrieve
[Ross Barkley speak about being filmed on camera phones in his personal life after being caught in an uncompromising moment. The first video showed Barkley supposedly in an argument with a taxi driver in Liverpool after spilling chips in the vehicle, while the second clip showed Barkley dancing topless in a Dubai nightclub on holiday] Yeah, [I learned] a big lesson. You’ve got to be aware of your surroundings when you let your hair down, for any player out there. You’ve just got to be aware of what’s around you. It’s just more about being with the right company and in private.
When you play in the Premier League, you’re a high profile player, so it’s about keeping low-key and switched on. When you’re on holiday or away, you need the right people around you. I’ve made that mistake and it won’t happen again but I’m sure it’ll happen to young players in the future. We all make mistakes but it’s about being aware. It’s that 10 seconds when you’re not looking like a professional when you’ve got to let your hair down but then you can’t forget about your job.
It was unfortunate of me to get caught in that position and it will happen many times to players over the years because you know what phones are like nowadays. I am just keeping my head down and it won’t happen again. It is [a bit sad that footballers don’t have privacy]. Back in the day, players wouldn’t have to think about things like that but you can’t forget people want to make you look bad. I am a very professional player but that 10 seconds doesn’t make you look professional. That’s just the way football is now with phones. You have to adapt to the way things are now
[Barkley appreciates Lampard’s sympathy amid the videos being posted online] Yes, [he is] really supportive. Everyone makes mistakes. When you make mistakes, you’ve got to learn from them. I’m 26 now and I understand when you make a mistake, learn from them and move on. He was really supportive. Yes, he definitely [gets it]. Lampard was one of the best players in the world and I am sure when he was a player he liked to let his hair down at the right times. He fully understands in his day that there was none of that. It more that people want to make you look bad, but it is in my hands and other players hands to not be in that position
2020 03 04 Retrieve
[Barkley knows that he needs to play well for Chelsea in the final weeks of the season to stay in Gareth Southgate’s England plans for Euro 2020 after being called up on the last few occasions] It is more about how you end the season. I had a few injuries and have done well for England of late but for me it is more about the focus on doing well here with Chelsea and then England will take care of itself
2020 03 04b Retrieve
[Barkley delighted to end his Liverpool scoring duck & compares Gilmour to Jorginho] I hadn’t scored against Liverpool so it was special for me, I had only done it in the youth teams so I was glad. It was just an opportunity to drive at goal and make something happen which I like to do.
I dropped my shoulder, Gomez shifted a bit and I had seen that the goalkeeper was blinded a bit so I took my chance and luckily it went in. Everyone knows Liverpool’s strengths, every position they are strong.
They’re a top side with a top manager and they all work for each other like a proper team. You can see off the pitch that they are a really close-knit bunch. You can see with the results, they only got beat [for the first time] at the weekend, they have been so consistent all season which is what we need but this season they are doing well.
Everyone else is going to improve. We needed that last night after two disappointing results. It was a big positive keeping a clean sheet as well, we’ve conceded some sloppy goals recently so to keep a clean sheet is going to be good for confidence.
I am feeling good, always positive. I struggled with my foot for a while and since I have been free of pain I have been working hard, training well and doing what I can in games, trying to get a bit of rhythm game after game and now I am starting to feel good. I’m ready to end the season really well.
2020 03 04c Retrieve
[Chelsea won their midfield battle and were worth their win on the night. Ross Barkley’s display was almost as timely as Gilmour, with the pair now set to start all of their side’s next few games as injuries continue to pile up] Today he was brilliant, but it’s not a surprise to me [given] the way he trains every day. I saw him last season and he was quality in training. He showed that with the little chances he had this season, and today it was a top performance. Long may it continue
2020 03 10 Retrieve
[A crushing 4-0 win allowed the Blues to cement a fourth-place standing] We were brilliant. We had a great result in midweek [against Liverpool in the FA Cup] and this was what we needed, another strong result at home, a clean sheet and a brilliant performance. Not only that, a lot of players chipped in with goals and we had a lot of chances. You could see on the pitch we were playing with confidence and hopefully we can continue with that now
2020 06 28 Retrieve
[Ross Barkley renaissance suggests Chelsea don’t need to break the bank for Havertz] It was frustrating [timing] because I was in good form. I was getting a decent run in the side and things were going well
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Ross Barkley believes Frank Lampard’s ruthless desire to win trophies can give Chelsea the edge in the FA Cup] It’s the mentality of the club and the gaffer since he’s been back. He wants to win every game and it’s a trophy. Chelsea are a massive club, we win trophies every year and everyone’s motivated with every FA Cup game. Even before the lockdown we had big results against big sides and since we’ve been back we beat Man City in the week and at Leicester, against an excellent side, we won the game. It’s given us confidence and hopefully we continue with it.
The gaffer encourages it, he likes the midfielders getting into the box. In training every day, with repetition of arriving in the box, he encourages that and gives us tips. In this game it paid off for me and any midfielder that plays for us that gets in the box will get goals. We’re in a great position in the Premier League. It’s important we just maintain it, stay focused, and try and stay up there and get higher if we can