Ross Barkley: "Sitting in the stands is an advantage."

Updated: 2 days ago

Barkley scored the winning goal in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday as Frank Lampard’s Blues secured a spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is convinced social distancing is an advantage for substitutes as they can have more impact during matches.

The ex-Everton star Barkley says the substitutes sitting in the stands have a better view of the game compared to sitting in the dug-out at ground level.

Barkley benefited from the situation when he came off the bench at half time to seal a win for Chelsea against Leicester at the King Power stadium as Frank Lampard’s Blues secured a spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

“It’s an advantage being able to watch from high up in the stands, being able to watch because you can see the space from the sides," Barkley, who won the FA Cup with the Blues in 2018, said.

“Coming on for the second half, you can see where the space is and we created a lot more.

“When you are a fan, you are watching high up in the stands you can see the space but when you are down on the ground you are aware of it but you can’t see it so easily.

“Obviously you don’t want to be in the stands because it’s the worst place to be as a player but it helps out as well.”

Barkley reckons Lampard's desire to win silverware is a good influence for Chelsea in the FA Cup.

The England international said: "It's the mentality of the club and the gaffer since he's been back. He wants to win every game and it's a trophy.

"Chelsea are a massive club, we win trophies every year and everyone's motivated with every FA Cup game.

"Even before the lockdown we had big results against big sides and since we've been back we beat Man City in the week and at Leicester, against an excellent side, we won the game. It's given us confidence and hopefully we continue with it."

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