Barkley feeling good ahead of new season

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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley says there is plenty of positivity within the squad ahead of the new season.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley says there is plenty of positivity within the squad ahead of the new season.

The Blues parted ways with manager Maurizio Sarri earlier in the summer and then recruited club legend Frank Lampard as his replacement.

Lampard is not able to add to his squad due to the Blues’ ongoing transfer ban, which means a lot of emphasis will have to be put on youth – something the former England international has a proven track record of following his time in charge at Derby.

Barkley is certainly confident Lampard will prove a success in the Stamford Bridge dugout and insists all the players are feeling upbeat.

‘It’s been really good to be back together with all the boys,’ Barkley told the club website.

‘We are working hard.

The training sessions have been really intense.

We have been up and running with the new manager straight away and we have put in a lot of extra miles.

‘ The former Everton ace also feels Chelsea’s transfer ban could prove a blessing in disguise as it means they have retained a settled squad, supplemented by academy players who otherwise may not have got a chance.

‘There’s only Christian [Pulisic] who needs to bed in, plus some of the young lads who will get a chance,’ the 25-year-old added.

‘There is so much talent in the squad.

We have got a new manager, a legend of the club, and a new playing style, so it’s going to be an exciting season.

We’re all thinking positively.’

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