Sturridge confident of keeping place

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Daniel Sturridge is confident his current form is good enough to warrant an extended run in the Chelsea team after the England international scored again against Wolves on Saturday.

Sturridge took his tally to seven for the season and in the process became Chelsea’s top scorer for the season when he claimed the second goal as the Blues recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves to help alleviate the building pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The 22-year-old faces stiff competition for a place up front with Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka and Romelu Lukaku all vying for a place as the figurehead of Villas-Boas’ 4-3-3 formation.

Sturridge admitted he was pleased with his current goalscoring form for Chelsea, but says he was most happy about contributing to a winning team.

“I have been scoring goals and it is something I enjoy doing, but the most important thing was the team performance," he told "When we perform as a team, we tend to win games. It wasn't just my goal, JT's goal was quality and Juan Mata's was also quality."

He added: The most important for us is to go out there and play our natural game and when you worry about the anxiety and the stresses, and worry about what the fans and pundits are thinking, that is one thing that can send the team into downward spiral,' he said.

"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 how we lost those games because we played well in them. I just don't think we have had the luck.

"Against Wolves we performed very well and I am so happy we got a clean sheet because that was very important for us as well."

The striker also had words of praise for a fellow young talent, Oriol Romeu, who was a surprise inclusion ahead of Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

“He is definitely going to be playing football regularly for Chelsea and in future he will be one the best players in that position in the Premier League," he said.

“We know we could have performed better in the games we have lost and we want to go out on the pitch and perform the way the manager wants us to. We did that against Wolves and this hopefully is a sign of what is to come in the next few games.”

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