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Chelsea must bounce back against Schalke - Schurrle

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Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is eager to bounce back in tonight's Champions League home match against Schalke after his side's lacklustre performance in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Newcastle.

Manager Jose Mourinho blasted his players' attitude and blamed them of complacency after the disappointing loss, declaring he had made “11 mistakes” in his selection.

Three points against Schalke will consolidate Chelsea's place at the top of their Champions League group and will go a long way to securing their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Schurrle has said he understands Mourinho's criticism and acknowledges that Chelsea are
expected to win every game they play.

Schurrle told the Daily Mirror: "It is normal that he was frustrated. We had a bad match and we did not play well. It is only normal that the manager was not very happy with us.

"When we do something wrong or do not play well he always tells us straight away. But he also does it directly, face to face with us.

"It is quite right when you lose or do not play well that the manager should criticise you. We have to reach the standards the manager wants from us, all the time.

"It's not just about being 100 per cent motivated in the big matches. At Chelsea you have to win every match. Not just in the Premier League or the Champions League, but the other cups too."

The Germany international, who has scored just two goals for Chelsea so far, now feels settled in England after his £18m move from Leverkusen and will be hoping to play a part in tonight's game.

He added: "I am always expecting to score goals. I have done that in my career and should do it here.

"The opponents in England are more physical so I've had to do a lot of work in the gym. I feel stronger already.

"But what helps is the way we play, turning defence into attack so quickly. That's my football. When we play on the counter-attack I can show my skills, my speed and pace. It is perfect for me."


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