Mourinho on £18m man: 'The Chelsea family are all very proud of him'

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Jose Mourinho reserved special praise for Germany's Andre Schurrle after the World Cup final.

The 23-year-old Chelsea star came on to create the winning goal against Argentina, after surging down the left and crossing perfectly for Mario Gotze.

And, just as with his other five World Cup appearances, Schurrle had achieved the feat after coming on as a substitute.

It was his sixth appearances off the bench for Germany, while he also made 15 as a sub in the Premier League for the Blues.

Mourinho will be hoping Schurrle can produce more of the same next season and was delighted to be able to call his own player a world champion.

"I can also say my player is a world champion and he was involved in the move for Gotze's goal," the Chelsea boss told Yahoo Sports.

"The Chelsea family is all very proud of him."

The 51-year-old felt Lionel Messi was equally praiseworthy, despite playing on the losing side in the final.

Instead of seeing the Barcelona player as a scapegoat, Mourinho questioned Alejandro Sabella's tactics - in particular the decision to bring Serio Aguero on for Ezequiel Lavezzi at half-time.

"Argentina had been playing with two lines of four, with Enzo Perez closing Phillipp Lahm and Lavezzi doing the same on the other side," he said.

"Because they were so compact Messi could walk while defending and then when he got the ball he had the energy to make the difference.

"When Sabella brought Aguero on for Lavezzi, Argentina changed from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 and they lost a lot of balance. Messi had to run much more after Lavezzi went off.

"The team lost balance and especially energy - energy that they needed in extra-time."

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