Maurizio Sarri makes huge Ross Barkley revelation

Ex-Blues Midfielder Reckons Sarri has Unlocked Attacking Potential of Chelsea

The visitors broke the deadlock just seven minutes into the second half having played barren draw in the first stanza.

Cesc Fabregas is doubtful because of illness, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek's back problem will be assessed.

The former Watford attacker has been influential in recent Everton victories, and they can ill afford to be without him as they head to Stamford Bridge to take on a side who have still not been beaten under Maurizio Sarri.

Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy come back into contention after recovering from injuries but Jonjoe Kenny and top scorer Richarlison are both doubts.

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.

Jonathan Pearce: November 1994.

With the ex-Napoli manager at the helm, the Blues have embarked on a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions, seeing them sit second in the Premier League standings while also looking on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League. Everton have lost 11 of their last 13 top-flight games on a Sunday.

But Barkley, after a start which Sarri describes as far from ideal, has worked hard and made himself a real contender - an effort which has also seen him recalled by England.

"Of course, the team was still good after last season", said the ex-German global midfielder. This could be a shock. "So that's what I did on a good cross from Emerson, and that's what we need to do more often". The Englishman was phenomenal in October and was robbed of the Premier League player of the month award by Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They were more effective than us.

'Technically he's very good, good with left and right foot. "We felt that for him it's better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing", the Italian coach explained.



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