The manager of Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo, has said that Daniel Sturridge might be given starting opportunities in the upcoming matches. Sturridge hasn’t been given enough playing chances in the ongoing season so far and the English striker has spent just 31 minutes on the field in the current Premier League season.
Sturridge was reported to be approached by the authorities of Liverpool during the pre season transfer window, but, he rejected their offer and opted to continue playing for Chelsea. But, the English striker has been sidelined more often than not in the current season.
As per Di Matteo, you can’t include everyone in the starting line up. The players need to wait for their chances. Sturridge has looked in good nick in the training sessions. So, he might be included in the first XI in the next matches.
The upcoming schedule of Chelsea is pretty hectic. The team has to play 7 matches in the next three weeks. Chelsea will play its next match against Sunderland and then, the team would play its opening match of the Champions League against Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea was the winner of the Champions League in the last season. The team had defeated Bayern Munich in the final match by 4-3. Di Matteo thinks that Chelsea has got good enough team to win the Champions League for the second consecutive time.
However, the Chelsea manager admitted that it would not be easy for the team to repeat the history. As per Di Matteo, the opposing teams would be coming hard against the defending champions which would make Chelsea’s work harder in the upcoming Champions League tournament. But, the players need to keep things simple and try to do what they had done in the previous season.
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Team GB and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge has said that he is confident that the team can improve from the 1-1 draw they suffered at the hands of Senegal in the opening match of the London Olympics 2012.
The match was played at Old Trafford, but the Sunday's match against the United Arab Emirates will be played at the new Wembley. Daniel Sturridge is once again expected to start for Team GB after the manager Stuart Pearce has taken a lot of precaution in ensuring that he is fit for the duration of the tournament.
The Chelsea striker offers a major doubt for the London Olympics 2012 after being diagnosed with viral meningitis a few weeks back. However, he has made a spectacular return from that problem in order to start in the first match against Senegal. Even though the manager did not use for more than 45 min, the Chelsea striker has said that he is extremely happy just to have secured the opportunity to represent Team GB at the Olympics.
Sturridge was one of the surprising packages of last season after having scored almost 15 goals in the first half of the season, but he disappointed in the second half of the season. He is hoping to put things right this time around.
"It's a big game but we are used to it. There were always going to be nerves in the first game but we will go about our business and do what we do best," said Daniel Sturridge ahead of the match. It remains to be seen if Stuart Pearce will have the former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy at his disposal. Being one of the few players above both age of 23, the presence of the former Blackburn Rovers striker is extremely important according to Daniel Sturridge.
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge looks set to leave Chelsea after it was rumoured that the England striker is currently unhappy with the London club over playing time in the second half of last season.
Daniel Sturridge emerged as one of the front-runners for the race for the Premier league Golden Boot award in the first half of the season under manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Despite being played on the right wing, Daniel Sturridge scored more than 10 goals in the first half of the season. However, since Andre Villas-Boas was replaced by Roberto di Matteo, he has grown extremely frustrated on the bench.
Roberto di Matteo has utilised him marginally due to the fact that he does not see Daniel Sturridge as someone who offers constructive passing. Due to this, the striker has been linked with a return to Manchester city in the summer.
Now, the latest rumours have linked him with a move to London club Tottenham due to the fact that he wants to stay in the capital. Liverpool have also been credited with an interest. The 22-year-old only has two years left on his current contract with the club, but he is already on wages of £ 60,000 per week.
It is thought that he is looking at a new contract that will offer him up to £ 90,000 per week, but Chelsea are insisting that he is already on good wages at the moment. Even though he will not be able to secure a contract anywhere close to this region at either Tottenham or Liverpool, he will at least be guaranteed a place in the starting line-up. Chelsea value the 22-year-old England international at around £ 12 million after having paid in Manchester City only around £ 5 million back in 2008.
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has said that the club should not dismiss their hopes of finishing in the top four this season ahead of the trip to Anfield on Wednesday night.
Chelsea will be making the trip to face Liverpool on Wednesday night in jubilant mood having won the FA Cup on Saturday. It was the fourth FA Cup victory for Chelsea in the last six years. Juan Mata was a huge influence for Chelsea in the match after he set up the first goal for Chelsea, which were scored by Ramires. Didier Drogba once again scored at the new Wembley to help Chelsea to a 2-1 victory.
Following the 2-0 loss at the hands of Newcastle last week, Chelsea hope of finishing in the top four lies in tatters. They need to win the remaining two matches and other results also need to go their way if they are to finish in the top four. As a result, Chelsea interim manager Roberto di Matteo is expected to make a number of changes to the squad with one eye on the Champions League final in Munich on May 19. Juan Mata is expected to be one of the numbers rested from the starting line-up due to the sheer number of games he has played this season, but the Spanish midfielder has rejected any suggestions of fatigue.
"I have plenty of energy left. It is a long season and my first in England, but the benefits of winning easily outweigh the fatigue. We have to win and still believe in playing the Champions League next year," said the Spain star. Chelsea are extremely doubtful about the participation of both David Luiz and Gary Cahill in the final after both players are trying to recover from their hamstring injuries.
Chelsea's England striker Daniel Sturridge has said that it would be foolish to write off the title chances of Chelsea just yet.
Daniel Sturridge has been in sensational form this season and he scored his eighth goal of the season in the match against Wigan. However, it was not enough for Chelsea to close the gap on leaders Manchester City and Manchester United. This was because Chelsea lost the lead late on in the match after a late goal from goalkeeper Petr Cech allowed Jordi Gomez to equalise the match with 3 min of normal time remaining.
Daniel Sturridge collected a beautiful pass from his England colleague Ashley Cole to put Chelsea in the lead. It helped to pacify the Chelsea supporters, who were growing nervous following the side's inability to take the lead. Chelsea had a lot of possession in the first half, but they failed to make any clear-cut chances. The Daniel Sturridge chance was probably the best they had and the England striker converted it gracefully. It helped that Daniel Sturridge move past Frank Lampard as the top scorer at the club, and it has been a sensational year for the England striker.
However, he believes that even though the draw at Wigan might be damaging to the title hopes, Chelsea still have a chance of winning the title from this position. "We will fight to the last game. These sort of draws [against Wigan] are upsetting because we worked so hard only to concede at the end. But we will work harder in training to be ready for the next game. It is frustrating for everyone and it is important we bounce back, which we will. Any team in the top six can win it [the title]. We're one of them," said Daniel Sturridge.