Maurizio Sarri has a selection decision to make in midfield ahead of today’s game – but there may be an obvious choice for the third spot.
Sarri is not a man who rotates frequently. There are just three positions in the Chelsea team that have been regularly shuffled in the Premier League this term – the centre-forward, on the right-wing and the third midfield position.
Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all featured in that position at some point. Though the rest of the team essentially picks itself ahead of today’s game, he faces a really difficult decision in choosing which of the three will start.
Or does he…?
This stat revealed by WhoScored on Twitter shows that Chelsea are most prosperous when Barkley starts, with the Blues having lost none of the league games in which he has been named in the starting eleven by manager Sarri.
Chelsea have won seven and lost none of the eight league matches Ross Barkley has started this season, scoring 22 and conceding just 3.@martinlaurence7 discusses the big decisions either coach has to make ahead of Manchester City vs Chelsea — https://t.co/JNGdACSMbC pic.twitter.com/TS9VqXgVUl
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 10, 2019
Barkley has been incredibly hot and cold this season, but the numbers speak for themselves. Eight league games is a decent enough sample size, perhaps we are just better with the Englishman in the midfield. What do you think, Blues?