Chelsea vs Liverpool
Both Chelsea and Liverpool will look to bounce back from midweek defeats in the Champions League when they meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
In their first Champions League match this season, Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Valencia on Tuesday.
Liverpool, the reigning European champs, lost 2-0 at Napoli last night.
Ross Barkley’s penalty miss vs Valencia
The big talking point after Chelsea’s defeat to Valencia centred around Ross Barkley’s penalty miss.
Rodrigo fired the Spanish side ahead in the 74th-minute in west London.
However, with three minutes to go, Barkley had the chance to level from the penalty spot.
Barkley seemed to shoo away the likes of Willian and Jorginho as the English midfielder made sure he took the penalty.
But Barkley ended up missing, as his effort skied the top of the bar.
Frank Lampard confirms order of Chelsea’s penalty-takers
Barkley’s penalty was Chelsea’s first of the season.
Many Chelsea fans have been wondering who’ll take penalties after Eden Hazard left the club last summer.
Of course, Willian and Jorginho, who were on the pitch against Valencia, have previously scored from the spot for the Blues.
So why did Barkley take the spot-kick?
In his post-match interview, Frank Lampard confirmed that Barkley is Chelsea’s designated penalty-taker:
Ross is the penalty taker, he was in pre-season and scored a couple.
He has been when he started, he was when he came on today and he missed it. That is the clear story.
I don’t know what the conversation was, but Jorginho and Willian were the takers on the pitch.
When Ross comes on, he becomes the penalty taker and he missed it.
Cesar Azpilicueta on what Willian & Jorginho said to Barkley
After the match, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was also asked about the Barkley penalty miss.
According to Azpilicueta, Willian and Jorginho weren’t arguing with Barkley about who should take the penalty.
Instead, Azpilicueta said, Willian and Jorginho were trying to encourage Barkley to score:
Ross (Barkley) is one of the best penalty takers in the team and one who takes them.
He had the confidence and he was unlucky hitting the bar.
They (the other players around him) were encouraging him to have the confidence to score.
There was high expectation. They were trying to get him into the best condition. Hopefully, next time it goes in.
“Ross is one of the best penalty shooters in the team. He’s one of the players that takes them.”
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) September 18, 2019
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