Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho hails ‘immense’ Andre Schürrle
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hails Andre Schürrle's "immense" performance after the Blues win 4-0 in Romania
Jose Mourinho paid credit to Andre Schürrle’s “immense” performance after Chelsea were comfortable winners at Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League.
The Europa League holders bounced back from an opening day defeat by Basel at Stamford Bridge in style as Ramires scored their opener before Samuel Eto’o’s shot was deflected into the Steaua net by Daniel Georgievski.
Schürrle, who was deputising for Eden Hazard, impressed on the right wing as Ramires added his second of the night before Frank Lampard polished of an emphatic victory on the stroke of full-time.
“He [Schürrle] was monumental,” said Mourinho.
“He identified very well what we had to try to do and penetrated the Steaua defence. He was immense.
“He was playing a position where we knew he could [do well] and he came in a lot from that side.
“The team was solid defensively. We had good ball possession, particularly in midfield. We always had control of the game.”
Schürrle has found his first-team opportunities limited since the 22-year-old completed a £18m switch to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window.
And the Germany international stressed his desire to play every game for his new club after repaying his manager’s faith in Romania on Tuesday night.
Schürrle said: “I always want to start, of course. I want to play. The manager knows this. It’s good for me that I started and played good. I want to help the team.”