Chelsea FC midfielder, and sometimes forward, Andre Schurrle has struggled at times to adapt to the rigors of the Premier League but his hat trick this weekend at Fulham suggests that the adjustment period is over. Schurrle has also revealed that manager Jose Mourinho gave him instructions on how to change his body and toughen up for a more physical league than the German Bundesliga that he spent four seasons playing in. The 23 year old is far from a finished product but having made a big money move to Chelsea in the summer and making thirty appearances with the German national team, his career is definitely on the right path.
Schurrle on Mourinho’s instructions for his training regimen:
“He told me I needed to change, to change my game and my body,” said the 23-year-old. “And that’s what I’ve done over the last two months.I’ve really worked very hard to be aggressive, to be in a good shape with my body. Now I’m ready to play more often. So I did a lot in the gym. But I wanted to do this, I needed to do this. The manager told me it as well. I wanted to change and I think I have. It was amazing to score a hat-trick, but I have to keep going.”
Schurrle’s performance on the weekend has made fans wonder if he could be successful as an out and out striker for Chelsea, especially with the three in the squad struggling the way they have. Mourinho has dismissed that idea by saying that even though Schurrle is a “cold finisher”, he is better suited to playing alongside a striker or in behind. Whatever position he plays from now on is inconsequential to Chelsea fans as long as he keeps banging in goals for the Blues.
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