While his team may have suffered a torrid weekend, failing to break down a stubborn, relegation-destined Norwich side in a goalless stalemate that all but ended any remaining chances of title success one Chelsea player at least has something to smile about.
23-year-old winger Andre Schurrle, in his first season at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen last summer in an £18m move, scooped the Audience Award in Berlin.
The prize is awarded to the professional playing abroad who is transmitting the most positive image of Germany and is voted for by the fans.
Schurrle fought off competition from Arsenal stars Lucas Podolski, Per Mertesacker, and Mesut Ozil to land the award and was grateful to receive the accolade:
“The award is an honour and incentive to always be awareas a certain role model," Schurrle was quoted as saying by Chelsea's official website. "I am very proud to represent the people of Germany in England. I feel at home here and I hope to make my country even more proud this summer in Brazil."
Having started his career at FSV Mainz, Schurrle quickly established himself as a regular in the first team at the Coface Arena before moving to Leverkusen in 2011 for £6.5m where he spent two seasons prior to becoming Jose Mourinho’s first signing of his second spell in charge of Roman Abramovich’s team.
Schurrle has sound the net seven times in 29 Premier League outings for Chelsea, his own personal highlight coming with a hat-trick against local rivals Fulham, as well as scoring a crucial goal in an eventual away goals victory over Laurent Blanc’s Paris St Germain in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League.
Mourinho, however feels there is more to come from the Schurrle as he fired a warning shot to all his forwards that they must kick on order to remain in his plans:
"Schurrle had a good season? Not bad, but next season must be better. (Mohamed) Salah, Oscar, Willian, (Eden) Hazard, all of them are in an age of improvement."
"Willian has improved. But you can't succeed with everybody. At the end of the day, it's up to them," Mourinho said.
"You try to help, but it's up to them. Everyone who is in an age of improvement needs to improve. Everyone. Would you lose any of those if they don't have the ability to improve? I think they will stay.”
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