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Sports News of Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Gudjohnsen slams 'disrespectful' Barkley after Chelsea penalty miss

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The England midfielder stepped up ahead of more regular spot-kick takers as the Blues got their Champions League campaign off to a nightmare start.

Ross Barkley’s decision to take Chelsea's penalty – and miss it - in their 1-0 defeat to Valencia was "disrespectful" towards his team-mates, says former Blues forward Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Barkley immediately stepped up to take the kick despite the presence of regular takers Jorginho and Willian on the pitch, with the latter in particular appearing to protest his call.

The England midfielder promptly flashed the spot-kick off the top of the crossbar to get Chelsea’s Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start.

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