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Chelsea midfielder Barkley: No-one told me not to take pen

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley says he won't dwell on last night's penalty miss.

Barkley launched a defence of his decision to take the late spotkick for Chelsea in their Champions League group stage defeat by Valencia.

"We've got a lot of good penalty-takers in the squad," said Barkley. "On a sheet in the changing room, it says I'm on penalties when I'm on the pitch, otherwise it's Jorginho.

"All players feel confident of taking penalties, but we can all miss them. It's more 'good luck with the penalty' type of thing, encouraging me. They would have been willing to take it as well, but I felt confident.

"They were just encouraging me, encouraging me to score the goal. They are confident of taking penalties as well, but I take penalties every day.

"I don't miss them in training and in pre-season I was scoring penalties. I've missed penalties before, when I was at Everton. I'm gutted I missed, but these things happen."

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