Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle has claimed those who criticise the club’s tactics are simply jealous of manager Jose Mourinho.
The Blues were accused of using defensive and time-wasting tactics in their 2-0 victory over Premier League-leaders Liverpool on Sunday, but Schurrle insists that winning is far more important than playing pretty football.
"Winning is what matters. It's the most important thing," the Germany international told the Guardian. "You can play perfect football, have lots of one-touch stuff, and you lose. But that's not what you want – you want to win.
“There's no point in playing well and losing. If our plan is to win playing this way, and we win, then it is perfect. If people look at us and say 'Chelsea can't play', even when we win, it's just because they're jealous.”
Schurrle went on to hail Mourinho, who he claims has made him a better winger during his brief time working under the Portuguese coach’s management.
"I've learned so much from Mourinho and love being in his team and learning new roles,” the 23-year-old continued. “When I was in Germany I never played like this, so defensive – almost a left-back, but that is good for me because defensive work was something I missed in Germany. He said we needed to be perfect defensively and that is what I tried.”
Schurrle now has his sights set on winning a Premier League and Champions League double - and has revealed that everyone at Stamford Bridge believes they can win both trophies.
Chelsea are currently two points behind Liverpool with two matches remaining, while they take on Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night.
"Everybody thinks we can win the league and the Champions League," Schurrle added. "We know it will be tough but we have to believe and we do. Of course it will be hard for us from here. We have to do everything in our power to win the two games we've got left and hope Liverpool and Manchester City both give us something. But we're still in it."