Sarri: Barkley a 'complete' player

Sarri: Barkley a 'complete' player

Last season, he was on target in both games against the Belarusian champion when he played for Arsenal in Europe's second tier competition.

Maurizio Sarri's men welcome PAOK Thessaloniki FC in their next fixture at the Stamford Bridge and they will have the chance to field some fringe players since qualification has been sealed. "He's a very important player for us, he's very useful for the team but I know very well that strikers want to score, and so for his confidence it's very important".

Zola and Sarri have formed quite the team at Stamford Bridge, our position in the table is testament to that.

"I was approaching 25 and I felt looking back I could have improved a lot more (at Everton)", Barkley said.

At a sparse and chilly Borisov Arena, the hosts started brightly, hitting the post through Dmitri Baga and then seeing Blues" "keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga forced into fine save to deny Stanislav Dragun. "But I don't want him to be anxious about scoring because for us he's very important".

"I wasn't sure it worked because they are so similar". Technically he's very good.

Barkley did not play for Everton in the last seven months of his spell due to a hamstring problem and moved in a cut-price £15million deal, with his contract winding down.

"It was very hard to be risky, but we were better in the first 25 minutes of the second half".

"I'm not nervous, I'm excited to play against my former club and team-mates - I understand how some of them play, so that could be an advantage for me".

Barkley played alongside Loftus-Cheek in the 1-0 win over BATE Borisov on Thursday night but Sarri said: 'We played Loftus and Barkley together, two very offensive midfielders.

N'Golo Kante is also likely to feature, having been a late call-up to the trip to deputise for Cesc Fabregas, who called in sick.

After Giroud's goal, Ihar Stasevich shot against the post after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had given the ball away.