Ross Barkley
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Two of Chelsea’s midfield slots are basically always considered taken under Maurizio Sarri – N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will start whenever fit. The third one has seen a few different players tried out, with varying levels of success.

OF course the man we all want to see there is Ruben Loftus-Cheek. But assuming Sarri either can’t or won’t play him, it comes down to Ross Barkley against Mateo Kovacic.

The Croatian has been favourite for most of the year, but in a game like tomorrow’s match against Cardiff, he’s just not the man you want. He’s lovely on the ball, but doesn’t score or create much for strikers.

We are going to dominate possession whatever happens. What we need is the dynamism that Ross showed for England in the international break, scoring twice and getting an assist for his country too.

He’s been all too passive when playing for us a lot of the time this season, but if the setup can get him some space running towards the box, we’ve been reminded of how dangerous he can be. Against a defensive team, that’s the right call for sure.

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