The Portuguese manager has told the German star to try and emulate the Real Madrid titan, starting by scoring more goals.
In an featuring interview in tomorrow’s Sports Bild, André Schurrle has revealed that Chelsea boss José Mourinho has told him to play more like Real Madrid goal-machine Cristiano Ronaldo.
Of course, almost every player in the world could benefit form being “more like Ronaldo”, who is, after all, perhaps the best player in the world. But Mourinho’s advice for Schurrle, as quoted on Sportwitness, is a bit more specific:
“He has helped me… he has explained to me what I must do better. That I have to bring consistency in my game. I need to invade the penalty box much more often. The best example is Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Schurrle has frustrated and delighted Chelsea fans in equal measure since his arrival from Leverkusen in the summer of 2013. His pace and fitness are a huge asset to the team, but his decision making often lets him down. His finishing is sometimes clinical and sometimes comical. He lacks the insane efficiency that Ronaldo has: if he could get halfway to it, he would score a lot more goals.
Currently, Schurrle is battling for the right wing position with Willian, the last spot in Mourinho’s first XI that remains undecided. Both players have similar strengths and weaknesses, and if one of them can solve their issues with consistency they will make the spot their own.