The Brazilian says his team-mate told him he was confident about scoring but insists he has no ill-feeling towards the England man despite the miss
England international Barkley skimmed his attempt off the top of the crossbar in the 87th minute of the Premier League side’s 1-0 home loss.
The midfielder had been introduced from the bench seven minutes earlier and only settled over the spot-kick following a debate with starters Willian and Jorginho.
Blues boss Frank Lampard later revealed Barkley to be the designated penalty taker but experienced winger Willian had hoped to be entrusted with the chance.
“He was confident about taking it and I asked to take it too,” Willian said.
“But he was confident. He ended up missing it. That could happen to me or any other player, like Jorginho who also takes the penalties.
“It is important he keeps his head up. When you win, you win together and when you lose, you lose together too.”
Barkley’s miss and Rodrigo Moreno’s earlier goal for Valencia contributed to a difficult night for Chelsea, who saw Mason Mount limp out of the contest due to a leg injury after just quarter of an hour of play.
“We expected a positive result,” Willian said.
“We expected to start at home with a victory, but unfortunately we lost it. We have five games left to qualify. I think we have a chance, of course.