Sturridge backs Blues title bid

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This weekend sees the coming together of two modern day foes, as Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

In recent years the game has not only been billed as a battle between the main title rivals, but also a clash of two footballing philosophies - when beauty met the beast, if you like.

One player determined to change the perception of the Blues' style is Daniel Sturridge - the England U21 striker wants to prove that Sir Alex Ferguson is not the only manager to boast an exciting new generation of footballers.

"A lot is being said about Manchester United at the moment but Chelsea have a lot of exciting youngsters too," said Sturridge. "You just have to look at the kind of players we've signed over the summer in Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu, Romelu Lukaku, who are aged between 18 and 23, while there are others already at the club like Josh McEachran, David Luiz, Ramires and myself.

"People don't seem to realise how young many of the players here are. The fact is you need to have the right balance. I have heard Chelsea have been labelled 'too old' in the past but every club needs experienced players to help the young players come on.

"Look at Manchester United. They still have players like Ryan Giggs and his knowledge of the game is so valuable - you can never leave players like that out of your squad.


"We have older members in our team too like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba but I love playing and learning from them. Obviously, people may think that what happened in the games between the two clubs last season will be playing on our minds on Sunday but this season is a fresh start for us and it won't affect us."

Under the stewardship of relative rookie manager Andre Villas-Boas, Sturridge believes times are changing at Stamford Bridge - and that it won't be long before the squad realises its potential. But for now, the talented youngster is happy for Chelsea's title-tilt to remain relatively under the radar.

"I am happy everyone is talking about the Manchester clubs at the moment and are forgetting about us because we can just get on with the job," he continued. "Last year everyone was saying it was over when we made a great start but there are always a number of twists and turns. We had a blip and still almost came back to win it.

"Injuries can play a key role and a team's form can fluctuate. We have to just focus on the philosophy of Chelsea and not worry about any other club.

"That includes my old side Manchester City. They have world-class players there and are doing very well. I am sure they will be involved in the race this season but I am not worried about any club apart from Chelsea.

"I am just focusing on our future and playing our style week in, week out. We want to show the world what we are all about."

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