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Andre Schurrle says semi final draw holds no fear for Chelsea

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle in action against Paris St-Germain on Tuesday

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle in action against Paris St-Germain on Tuesday

Andre Schurrle insists that with Jose Mourinho on the touchline and John Terry and Frank Lampard on the pitch Chelsea fear no-one in Friday’s Champions League semi-final draw.

The 2012 European Cup winners advanced to the last four by overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit to Paris St Germain and progressed on the away goals rule after Schurrle and Demba Ba’s strikes in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

“We can win against every team,” Schurrle said.

“If you have John Terry, Frank Lampard on the pitch, they’ve seen everything in football. And it gives you a good feeling because they know what to do.”

Mourinho does, too. The Portuguese has guided four clubs - Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid - to the last four and reached a Champions League semi-final for an eighth time in 11 seasons.

“If you know this statistic it gives you a better feeling that he knows what to do,” Schurrle added.

Mourinho won in 2004 with Porto and 2010 with Inter and there are numerous subplots with any of the possible semi-final opponents in tomorrow’s draw, including against his former employers Real Madrid.

Mourinho called for his side to believe in the run-up to the game and be patient during it.

Schurrle came on as an 18th-minute replacement for Eden Hazard, whose calf injury will rule him out of this weekend’s match at Swansea, and scored 14 minutes later in a man-of-the-match display.

Ba has been used sparingly this season, starting just three times.

The Senegal striker took his opportunity, though.

“Everyone’s happy for him,” Schurrle said.

“It was a difficult time and he totally deserved it.”

Mourinho praised his players for embracing his high-risk strategy on Tuesday night, fielding all three of his much-maligned strikers at the same time as Chelsea chased the decisive goal.

“The players were open to the risk, they were open to the sacrifice,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “People in midfield they had to run miles. People in the defensive line, they had to cope with these big players with lots of space, which is always more difficult.

“People who create were always trying to create. The strikers went to the box well.

“Fantastic mentality by the boys and so, so happy for them.”

 

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