Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Arsenal

Sunday, 05 October 2014, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Sporting 0 - 1 Chelsea

Tuesday, 30 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Schurrle: I'm better prepared

Andre Schurrle has revealed how he followed the advice of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and worked on his body strength.

Last Updated: 03/03/14 at 07:35 Post Comment

Andre Schurrle: Chelsea midfielder scored a hat-trick against Fulham

Andre Schurrle: Chelsea midfielder scored a hat-trick against Fulham

German midfielder Andre Schurrle has revealed how he followed the advice of manager Jose Mourinho and toughened up at the gym to get himself in shape for Chelsea's Barclays Premier League title push.

The 23-year-old netted a second-half hat-trick to help win the west London derby 3-1 at Fulham, which sent Mourinho's side four points clear of the chasing pack.

It was a first Premier League start of 2014 for the £18million summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen.

Schurrle accepts it was always going to take time for him to adapt to the hustle-and-bustle of English top-flight football - which has included plenty of work on building up his physique.

"We (Mourinho and I) talked a lot, of course. He told me I needed to change, to change my game and my body, and that is what I have done over the last two months," said Schurrle, who was set up for two of his goals by the brilliance of Belgian starlet Eden Hazard.

"I have really worked very hard to be aggressive, to be in a good shape with my body. Now I'm ready to play more often.

"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."

Schurrle looks set to be part of Germany's World Cup plans this summer having bagged a hat-trick in the qualifiers against Sweden.

The 23-year-old wideman is confident he can bring plenty to the table for club and country.

"I think I am more of an attacker than a midfielder like Lamps (Frank Lampard). I can play 'number 10', on the right side or something in between to get my runs into the deep and get some shots in," he said.

Chelsea could move further ahead at the top next weekend, given Manchester City and Arsenal are both involved in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Schurrle said: "We have to believe it. I think everyone believes it now. We have worked hard for this.

"We have to keep going, keep winning like we did at Fulham, then we will see at the end."


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Manchester United news: Rio Ferdinand says he has nothing against 'gentleman' David Moyes

Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes is a "great man" and would welcome a chat with the former Manchester United manager.

Championship: Gianfranco Zola has emerged as favourite for the vacant job at Fulham

Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a leading contender for the vacant manager’s position at Fulham, according to Sky Bet’s odds.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property