Andre Schurrle is 'not a striker' says Jose Mourinho, despite hat-trick for Chelsea against Fulham

German scored a hat-trick in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday

Jose Mourinho was quick to downplay any suggestion that Andre Schürrle could solve his goalscoring problems after the German’s treble in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Fulham.

“He is a cold blooded finisher, with good finishing technique, but he is not a striker,” said the Chelsea manager.

Schürrle agreed. “I think I'm more of an attacker than a midfielder like Lamps [Frank Lampard],” he said, before adding, “I can play No 10, on the right side or something in between to get my runs from the deep and get some shots in.”

''I think for me, when I play on the right wing and Eden [Hazard] on the left it's perfect because I know he can take on two or three people and have the quality to make the pass to me. When I start my run, he always knows that I'm running and sees me. There were two perfect passes from him [for Schürrle’s first two goals].”

Indeed. Clinical finisher he may be, but Schürrle likes to attack space, not play with his back to goal. Which suggests at home, in particular, when opponents sit back, his goalscoring opportunities would be fewer. Then Mourinho would call for Samuel Eto’o, omitted from the matchday squad at Craven Cottage.

“Eto’o scores goals, but at home,” said Mourinho. “He scores in the league, in the Champions League, but all of them at home. I think away is more difficult for him. He is our best striker to play at home because of his technique, his movement and his understanding with Eden and Oscar. Away he is showing some difficulties so we made the decision to start with Fernando [Torres] and have Demba [Ba] for the last part of the [Fulham] game.”

 

Schürrle was poor in the first half. So were his team-mates but only Schürrle earned derision by wildly miscuing a free-kick. “When I took that free-kick and sent it into the crowd I admit I was thinking 'Oh my God – it's not going to be a good afternoon for me!' But like the team, I changed in the second half.”

The catalyst was Mourinho telling the team at half-time: ''It's your s*** – sort it out!'' then leaving the dressing room.

Schürrle said: “He was only in the dressing room for 10-15 seconds, told us something I can’t repeat, then left. Everybody knew we had to change and do our best to win the game.”

That is the Mourinho effect. In a similar vein Schürrle seems to have accepted being left on the sidelines, despite being an £18m signing, until he adapted to Mourinho’s demands.

This was only his second league start since scoring twice at Stoke in early December and Schürrle said: “We talked a lot. He told me I needed to change, to change my game and my body. 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. I did a lot in the gym. Now I'm ready to play more often.”

Chelsea’s victory took them four points clear but Mourinho insisted Manchester City, who would lead on goal difference were they to win their two games in hand, remained title favourites.

“I prefer to have the destiny in my hands, and only they have destiny in their hands,” he said. “If [Chelsea] win every game until the end of the season, all 10 – which we won’t – but if we do, maybe we are not champions. If they win all 12 games they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands.”

Suggested Topics
Sport
football This was Kane’s night, even if he played just a small part of it
Travel
travel Dreamland Margate, Britain’s oldest amusement park, is set to reopen
News
news
News
Founders James Brown and Tim Southwell with a mock-up of the first ever ‘Loaded’ magazine in 1994
media
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Threlfall says: 'I am a guardian of the reality keys. I think I drive directors nuts'
people
Voices
voices The group has just unveiled a billion dollar plan to help nurse the British countryside back to health
News
The Westgate, a gay pub in the centre of Gloucester which played host to drag queens, has closed
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss