Ross Barkley recalls the moment that transformed his career at Chelsea

Ross Barkley has appeared in three of Chelsea’s last five games (Photo: Getty)

Ross Barkley identified a game during training as a major turning point in his Chelsea career.

Barkley spent last season on loan at Aston Villa after struggling to break into the fold of the first team at Stamford Bridge under the former boss Frank Lampard.

The 27-year-old returned to his parent club this summer in hopes of proving himself to a new manager. Thomas tuchel, despite having to compete with the likes of Mason frame, Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a place in the starting XI.

After struggling for playing time at the start of the season, Barkley has since appeared in three of the West London club’s last five appearances in all competitions, including a start in the Blues’ 1-1 draw at home against Burnley earlier this month.

And the former Everton midfielder believes it was a training session in September that really made Tuchel step up and take notice.

“Right before the first international break I was training really well and then we had an internal game,” he said.

Ross Barkley believes his mentality in training has helped him succeed at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

“I scored a few goals and created a few and when he spoke to me afterwards I felt he was impressed. Since then I have been an important part of the squad.

“It was just about showing my quality, 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 with this manager, he takes note of it and he rewards you, which I had heard from the guys who worked with him last season before I came back.

“It’s great because some managers aren’t necessarily like that.

“If you train well it rewards you, but not in the sense that you are rewarded just for your good training, you also have to perform when you get the chance.”

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