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Barkley's sights set on silverware

21 February 2019

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley is targeting victory over Manchester City in Sunday's Carabao Cup Final, saying it would "mean everything" to lift the trophy.

Barkley has enjoyed a positive campaign so far, making four appearances in this season's competition and playing an important role in the Blues' road to Wembley.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Final, the 25-year-old says only one outcome will do at Wembley, with silverware at stake for the first time in 2018/19.

"Going into every game, you want to win, but in a final you're highly motivated. The only thing on our minds is that we're going there to win," he said.

"I was a part of the squad that won the FA Cup last year but didn't really play a part. I've taken part in almost every game in the Carabao Cup this season and I'm looking forward to the Final.

"It would mean everything [to win it]. As a young lad you put in the hours to get to this level and to be able to play in finals. Luckily I'm in a final now with Chelsea and hopefully it's the first of many for me."

Having been involved in one victory and one defeat against City this season, Barkley is familiar with Sunday's opponents.

The midfielder says he and his team-mates know what to expect from the Citizens and are up for the challenge.

"It can be [difficult to play against them] because we're used to having the ball, so we know we'll have to stay organised," he added.

"It's a massive game for us; we've performed well throughout the competition and to be in the Final against them, it's a massive occasion and we're all looking forward to it."

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