Ross Barkley endured a night to forget as Nice were defeated by Paris Saint-Germain in what was his first start in Ligue 1 following his summer departure from Chelsea
FormerEvertonandChelseaplaymakerRoss Barkleywill not look back fondly on his first start forNice- which saw him earn a humbling 3/10 rating in the French press.
The Englishman, still only 28,signed for the Ligue 1 club this summerafter his release at Stamford Bridge, joining a host of formerPremier Leagueplayers at Allianz Riviera. He made two substitute appearances in September before managerLucien Favrethrust into the starting XI which took on defending championsParis Saint-Germainon Saturday.
Barkley played just over an hour before he was hooked at the Parc des Princes, with the scores level at 1-1 after Gaetan Laborde cancelled out astunning free kick from in-form Lionel Messi. The visitors defended resolutely in the second half but their resistance was broken asKylian Mbappeswept in with seven minutes remaining following a poor pass from formerLeicestergoalkeeperKasper Schmeichel.
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Much of the blame for Nices defeat has been pinned on Barkley, withLEquipebranding him the flop of the match and handing him a brutal rating of just three out of 10 - the lowest of any player involved. The French newspaper wrote: Starting for the first time, the Englishman never managed to be useful and his most remarkable moment was the loss of the ball which allowed Messi to force Dante into a foul that brought the first goal. Replaced by [Nicolas] Pepe, without influence.
LEquipe are notorious for their harsh ratings and only two players who started the game were awarded an above-average score of seven: Messi and Nice midfielder Mario Lemina. Schmeichel will also be disappointed with his review, as he was handed a rating of just 4/10.
However, Favre insisted his side deserved more from the match and claimed it was cruel that they fell behind with so little time left in the capital. The Swiss said: Its disappointing because we played a good match.
What went wrong for Ross Barkley at Chelsea?Have your say in the comments...
We could have got the draw and then we concede that goal with 7 minutes to go. Its cruel, especially as we didnt leave Paris that many chances to score.
Discussing his sides performance, Favre added: I think it was pretty good. We have already played in this system. The problem is that some players can play in this system but less so in another.
Barkleys flop rating comes after a challenging few seasons for the former Three Lions prospect. He fell down the pecking order midway through his four-and-a-half years with Chelsea and failed to revive his career during a loan spell with Aston Villa before Blues chiefs decided not to extend his contract.
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