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Ross Barkley reveals what his teammates told him ahead of penalty kick

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Ross Barkley insists he would be happy to take another penalty for Chelsea, despite missing the crucial late spot-kick in their Champions League defeat by Valencia on Tuesday.

Barkley said: “If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident of taking it… you can miss penalties. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve got five more group stage games to go that we’re aiming to win.”

The 25-year-old took the kick after an apparent dispute with Willian over who should take the spot-kick.

“It was more, “Good luck with the penalty” type of thing, encouraging me,” Barkley said. “They would have been willing to take it as well, but I felt confident. They were just encouraging me to score the goal. I’m gutted I missed, but these things happen.”

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