Midfielder Andre Schurrle spoke to the Daily Mirror this week and reflected on Chelsea FC’s lost Premier League title challenge and where exactly things went wrong for the Blues. Schurrle and the Blues have a tremendous record against the other top five sides in the league but have struggled mightily against lower level opposition. These lower level teams have come to play against Chelsea with a defensive and compact approach that the Blues have simply been unable to break down this season.
Andre Schurrle on where the title challenge went wrong for Chelsea:
“We played very well against the big teams, but at home you have to win against sides like Sunderland and Norwich. We didn’t do that and that’s why we won’t win the league this year. We had a chance, it was only a little chance, but we wanted to win against Norwich so that we were still involved on the last day because you never know what can happen. We’re disappointed, it was our last match at home and, with a win, we still had hopes for the title. Now we are third and we’ll probably stay there.”
Some players, like Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, are often derided for only scoring against lower level opposition. While that may be true, the league is just as often won against sides like Norwich City or Cardiff City then it is against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City. Chelsea have done the double against Manchester City and Liverpool, and won and drawn against Arsenal, but still fell short of the title because they lacked that killer instinct against relegation fodder. Andre Schurrle and the whole Chelsea squad know where things went wrong and hopefully they will learn from this for next season.
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