Conte say Barkley in better shape than expected.

Posted by Gerry on Jan 30, 2018 Posted in Chelsea News | No Comments »

Having joined Chelsea at the start of this month, having just recovered from a hamstring injury, Barkley was expected to make a slow start at Chelsea.

However, after just 2 games for Chelsea, Conte has came out and said that Barkley is currently fitter than he could ever have expected:

“In my mind I thought that his physical condition was worse than the situation I found (when he came).

“I thought I’d find a player who was not in good physical condition. Instead, I was surprised to find a player in good physical condition.

“It is a positive surprise. You saw that during the Arsenal game he played. He was my first substitution after the Willian injury.

“My worry is not about his physical condition, but only to go into our idea of football, to understand the movement without the ball and with the ball. For this, he needs a bit of period to go into our idea of football.”

Barkley’s injury was the main reason he hasn’t appeared in an English shirt recently, so these positive comments from Conte will surely please England fans.

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