On Tuesday Brazil come face-to-face with Germany in the first semi-final of this summer’s World Cup, and Chelsea star Andre Schurrle could have an advantage when it comes to facing certain members of the hosts’ side.
Schurrle may not have featured much for Joachim Loew’s side this summer, but he could play a vital role in helping the European side get one over their South American opponents.
Speaking about the prospect of coming up against his Chelsea teammates Oscar, Ramires and Willian – and soon-to-be-former teammate David Luiz – Schurrle said he would tell his compatriots in the Germany squad anything that would help.
In quotes published by Goal, the forward said, “Of course, if somebody asks me how to play against Oscar or David Luiz, I’m here to help.
“We haven’t been in touch during the tournament. We are rivals here so there have not been any text messages.
“For me it will be cool to play against my Brazilian friends from Chelsea.”
It may be “cool” but the match will also decide who goes forward to contest the World Cup final. Schurrle has played 124 minutes for Loew’s side so far in the tournament, his most important act to date the 92nd-minute goal that set Germany on their way to victory over Algeria in the last-16.
But if he gives his teammates information that ultimately sees them get the better of Luiz, Oscar and co, he could yet prove to be the catalyst for this exciting side’s overdue return to the summit of the game.