Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said that he is impressed with Ross Barkley.
“There have been a couple of issues this year with Ross. He knows that and I know that,” said Lampard.
“I think his training, in the last month particularly, has been absolutely focused. And let’s factor in the injury he had which was really niggly. It was a difficult one for him because he was one foot in training and one foot out.
“He was training at a certain per cent to show he was there, but he clearly wasn’t. I respected that because he was trying.
“Now that’s cleared up and he is showing his qualities, particularly against Burnley. So that’s great news for all of us.
“We had a couple of chats around those things. As I said at the time, I really like Ross and in my career, I had moments where I did things that I slightly regretted. It’s what you do to get out of them that’s really important.
“And Ross’ reaction in the past month has been spot on, in terms of how he is around the place. I’m a great believer in that how you train relates to how you play, and he has shown that.”
“My biggest concern was not really the bag of chips [in the Liverpool taxi incident], it was more the fact that we were training the next day,” said the Blues boss.
“That is exactly where I see it and Ross knows that and I am not one to tell my lads, ‘Don’t have a bag of chips, don’t have a few beers after you win a game.’
“Just make sure that when you think about the big scheme [of things], you do it with the idea you have to train and perform at a level and, as the game has moved forward and the speed and intensity of it even more so from my day and from eras gone by, the players have to be absolutely tip-top or this game will find you out.
“That’s not just a thing to Ross, that is to all the players about how they live their life.”