Daniel Sturridge has urged his Chelsea teammates to forget the critics and relax as the pressure builds on management and players alike at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues suffered a second defeat in nine days to Liverpool last night, losing their League Cup quarter-final 2-0 to compound the earlier Barclays Premier League defeat.

However, a 3-0 victory over Wolves at the weekend suggested there could be light at the end of the tunnel for Andre Villas-Boas, and Sturridge insists the team can continue to get positive results if they relax and play their own game.

"The most important thing is for us to go out there and play our natural game. When we worry about the anxieties and the stresses, worry about what the fans and the pundits are thinking, that is the one thing that can send the team into a downward spiral," he told the Daily Express.

"So it is important not to worry. We lost a bit of momentum - we had some big games which we lost, but we were unfortunate in how we lost those games, because we played well. I just don't think we have had the luck.

"When we perform as a team, we tend to win. Against Wolves we performed very well and I am so happy that we kept a clean sheet because that was very important for us as well."

The comments come just a day after a source close to the west London club revealed how Sturridge is hoping to become the first-choice striker at the club.

With seven goals in all competitions so far this season, the recently capped England international is making a strong case against experienced veterans in the shape of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres.

"Daniel has been to see AVB to say he wants to be the main striker. He thinks his form and goals mean he should be first choice," a source told The Sun.

"He has also just broken into the England side and wants to give himself every chance of going to the Euro 2012 finals. Daniel thinks the best way to do that is to play in his best position — centre-forward."

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