English Premiership

Schurrle: Mourinho made me better

2014-10-14 14:45
Andre Schurrle (Supplied)
Andre Schurrle (Supplied)
Cape Town - Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle has praised Jose Mourinho's winning mentality, asserting that Portuguese manager has made him a better player.

The Germany international has become a key member of the Blues squad since joining the London outfit from Bayer Leverkusen in June 2013, with his performances this season him gaining him many plaudits.

The 23-year-old says that Mourinho's winning mentality and tactical genius has taken his play to a new level.

"Jose Mourinho has taught me a different style of play and a different way of thinking to reach the world-class level someday," he told SportBild.

"To him, finishing second is a failure. He doesn't know the word ‘losing’. That's how he holds his talk before the matches. His thinking is impressive - as impressive as the way he gets his message across.

"He challenges you to be robust on the pitch, to play like a man. To commit a foul. I feel much better since joining Chelsea and I have become much more confident."

Chelsea currently sit at the summit of the Premier League table, having made an unbeaten start to the league season which sees them hold a five-point advantage over Manchester City with just seven games played.

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