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Grealish sends message to former Aston Villa teammate after impressive return to the first team

Grealish sends message to former Aston Villa teammate after impressive return to the first team

Manchester City star Jack Grealish had some kind words for Chelsea’s Ross Barkley after the England international continued to reignite his career at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Barkley looked likely to leave Chelsea in the summer but has remained at the club and is slowly finding first team appearances easier to come by.

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He’s efforts did not go unnoticed by his former Aston Villa teammate Grealish, who commented on his Instagram post after the game: ‘What a pass brother.’

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was also impressed with the midfielder and another returning outcast as Ruben Loftus-Cheek started the game against Southampton.

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Chelsea boss explains decision to use Ross Barkley in Southampton win

‘Ross had a very good situation already in Juventus where he delivered the pass to Romelu Lukaku for our biggest chance in the game,’ said Tuchel on Saturday.

‘But the most important thing is that Ruben and Ross feel no pressure, they are happy to have these chances, feel this support.

‘Maybe they could not imagine to get minutes and important minutes six weeks ago. They can help us because they have this totally positive spirit because they don’t feel this pressure.

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‘In the last two games we felt something was lacking. So we decided to put Ruben in because we were aware of the high pressing in midfield and still we wanted to go through midfield.

‘Ruben and Mateo Kovacic not only to pass but to drive through midfield. And of course for Ross we hope he can show what he’s been showing in training. He has a strong right foot and we hope he can maybe assist or shoot from distance and increase the pressure around the box.’

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