In his post match press conference, Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho was effusive in his praise of Andre Schurrle, today’s hat trick hero for the Blues. Schurrle has started a Premier League match here and there but has not found a regular place due to the fine form of Willian opposite Eden Hazard. In today’s match Schurrle made a case for more minutes and perhaps a start or two at striker or center forward.
Mourinho on Schurrle:
“He is in a learning process in relation to the Premier League, he needs to understand it and experiment. The referees are good, they don’t give many fouls and the defenders are aggressive in a good way. The teams are fighting teams and you need to defend even if you are an attacking player. It is difficult for him to play 90 minutes for us because he is doing things that he has never done in his life but what I expect from him is this – cold blood in front of the goal. He is not a guy for whom the goal becomes very small. He is the kind of guy who in front of goal is normally cool. He is a finisher. He sees the keeper’s reaction and he can do it with the left and the right foot. I expect him to score some goals.”
It was Schurrle’s calm and poise in front of goal today that sets him apart from the other Chelsea forwards. Fernando Torres works hard but he still does not seem to have the poise under pressure that he once had with Liverpool. Schurrle started one match this year at striker against Manchester United but it was in a goalless draw and very early on in the season. The young German has definitely adapted more to the Premier League and has a better understanding with his teammates, especially Hazard, than he did several months ago. Perhaps Schurrle is the solution to Chelsea’s striker problem, at least for now.
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