Andre Schurrle was anything but happy about his substitution.
Chelsea’s striker Andre Schurrle was quite displeased after their 1-3 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.
On Sky Germany he commented after the match: "To get the 3-1 at the last second was tough for us. A very bad result. I was still fit enough, but the coach then decided to replace me."
Does this statement mean that he criticised Mourinho for taking him of the pitch? It certainly looks like that. Why should he have mentioned otherwise that he was still fit when Mourinho replaced him with Fernando Torres?
He chose a very subtle way to express his discontent about having to leave the pitch after one hour, but he certainly was not happy about it.
While neither he or Torres offered much in terms of attacking - neither managed a shot on goal, Schurrle completed 94% of passes compared to Torres (64%).
Maybe he reacted like that because he was frustrated after the late goal that Chelsea conceded. A 1-2 loss would have been an acceptable result, but now the Blues have to score at least two goals at the Stamford Bridge and at the same time prevent Paris from scoring.
A task which will not be very easy when you consider the amount of high quality strikers that Paris have.
Surprisingly their best player in the match yesterday was neither one of their two superstars Ibrahimovic and Cavani, but instead the Argentinian Lavezzi. With his technical skills, his omnipresence and effort levels, he showed Chelsea exactly what they are missing at the moment. Chelsea might have a better midfield than their French opponents but Paris’ attacking actions had a kind of assertiveness that you didn’t see in Chelsea’s game.
Maybe that was also another reason for Schurrle’s bad mood after the game. He didn’t show yesterday that he could be a strong alternative as a striker. To be fair, that’s also not his best position as he showed his most convincing performances for Leverkusen as a left attacking winger.
In the end he has to accept that the coach decides if and where he plays. He is still struggling to become a permanent starter for Chelsea and could have showed yesterday that Mourinho is right to trust him in such an important match. He probably had the impression at the time of his substitution that he hadn’t justified yet why he was picked over Torres and therefore would have needed more time to show more.
Maybe his moment will come in the second leg against Paris next week, if he gets the chance to play again. Goals in the weekend match against Stoke City would definitely be a better argument for that than pointing out that he was still fit enough at the time of his substitution.