Sturridge stands by Blues boss

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Daniel Sturridge insists there is no doubt that Andre Villas-Boas will see out his three-year project at Stamford Bridge, and says the type of stability a long stay for the Portuguese tactician would provide, is exactly what Chelsea needs.

The 34-year-old has made the worst start of any manager appointed by Roman Abramovich, but appears to have the backing of the Blues' owner as he looks to freshen up an ageing squad, with a view to implementing a more attractive style of play.

"The manager's approach is great," said Sturridge. "The attacking style he's trying to implement in the squad, it does work. In the future, you'll see that it works.

"The team will play attractive football. We've just been unlucky with the way we've conceded a few goals. But we're still a strong unit, we'll continue to be a strong unit, and we will be in the future.

"We'll always work for him and try hard for him. We know he'll be the manager for the next three years. We're not worried about any other manager coming in because we know he's going to be here for those three years."

Sturridge is enjoying his role in the Chelsea team under the stewardship of Villas-Boas, and looks set to play a key part in the club's revolution with the impending exit of fellow strikers Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

"On a personal note, it's good to be playing in the team," he continued. "I always will have respect for the likes of Nico. He's helped me so much from my first training session at Man City.

"I remember looking up and thinking, 'Wow, I'm training with Nicolas Anelka'. I'll always have that respect for all those senior players."

Looking ahead to tonight's UEFA Champions League showdown with Valencia - a game that can determine Chelsea's hopes of qualification to the knockout stages - Sturridge is adamant the players are ready for the challenge.

"The players we have in the squad are used to playing in big games. They've played in World Cups, Champions League finals and semi-finals. The players are well prepared for this."

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