'When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty' - Barkley bullish despite Valencia miss

'When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty' - Barkley bullish despite Valencia miss

Ross Barkley insists he will still take Chelsea's next penalty, despite a costly miss against Valencia on Tuesday night in a Champions League match at Stamford Bridge. 

The 26-year-old was presented with an opportunity to pull his side level after the visitors had taken the lead, but his shot kissed the crossbar as it flew to the crowd. 

This happened despite some of his teammates including Jorginho and Willian showing their concern over his decision, especially having been introduced a few minutes earlier. 

Speaking after the match, Barkley was bullish in his response, admitting that players miss penalties all the time. 

"When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty," he told reporters. "Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties. I didn’t score the goal but I felt confident. If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take it.

"You can miss penalties. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve got five more games in the group stage that we're aiming to win but this didn’t go our way," he added. 

"Missing a penalty is not the end of the world for me. It is a disappointing result not coming away with the three points and disappointing for me not executing the penalty right. I felt confident that I would have but for me, it is to focus on the next game and to get three points at the weekend,"

Chelsea have no time to sulk over the loss, as they will need to quickly move on and prepare for Sunday's big clash against Liverpool. 

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