Jermaine Jenas names the Chelsea player who “stepped up” against Everton and Liverpool

Chelsea have beaten both Liverpool and Everton in the space of five days.

Last Tuesday night’s 2-0 win in the FA Cup fifth round over Jurgen Klopp’s side was swiftly followed up with a 4-0 thrashing of the Toffees in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Goals from Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud ultimately spoiled Carlo Ancelotti’s return to Stamford Bridge, but boosted the Blues’ chances of sealing a top-four finish this season.

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The one player to earn special praise for his performances in both games against the Merseyside pair is youngster Billy Gilmour.

And rightly so.

The Scotland teenager has delivered back-to-back mature performances in central midfield and has given head coach Frank Lampard something to think about when N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic are fit again.

However, there’s another player who caught the eye in Chelsea’s last two games – Ross Barkley.

The 26-year-old has been a regular in the Blues side of late and netted the clincher against the Reds before following that up with an impressive outing against his former club.

Having been booed by a section of the away fans on Sunday, Barkley would go onto have the last laugh and Jenas has been impressed with the England’s international’s recent form.

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“Also just a special mention on Ross Barkley, a player who has had his fair share of criticism,” Jenas noted on Match of the Day 2.

“He stepped up against Liverpool and against Liverpool.

“He was getting booed a lot today but he was the experienced player in the team.

“Booed by Everton obviously.

“He played exactly like an experienced player.”


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