Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle: I love to play as a centre forward

Chelsea forward Andre Schürrle insists he relishes the opportunity to lead the Blues's front-line

Andre Schurrle
Andre Schürrle joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen last summer Photo: The Sport Review

Andre Schurrle insists he loves to play in a centre-forward role after filling that position for Chelsea in recent weeks.

Jose Mourinho opted to field the Germany international as a lone striker in Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The Blues went on to recover and set up a semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid, and Mourinho’s men secured a valiant goalless draw at Vicente Calderon.

Schurrle stressed that he has no problem playing in that role with Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres struggling to lead the line this season.

“We still made it although we were almost ruled out after our 3:1 loss in Paris. In this game I played as a central striker and also had to defend in the first line,” Schurrle told Chelsea’s website.

“It’s a position I just love to play. I didn’t have to act as a centre forward or aerial powerhouse (which btw I am not).

“As a centre forward I benefit much more from my speed and by moving to the wing I can create space for the succeeding midfielder.

“This move definitely makes us a bit more unpredictable and it worked in the first half.”

Schurrle added that he is enjoying his first season at Chelsea with a potential first Champions League final on the cards after a £18m move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

“The last rounds of the Premier League are on their way and last week we made it to the Champions League semi-finals,” Schurrle added.

“I still can’t believe all the stuff I’ve been experiencing during my first season at Chelsea so far.

“The current league scenario for the season’s finish couldn’t be more thrilling and against Atletico Madrid we desperately want to move into the final of the Champions League.

“Anything is possible!”

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