Andre Schurrle says he is not averse to playing from the bench, although admits he loves starting big games.
Chelsea are running rampant at the top of the Premier League this season and this week Jose Mourinho has been talking of how the strength in depth of his squad has been a major factor in their excellent performances.
One player who contributes to that dynamic is German international Andre Schurrle.
Schurrle is often used as an impact substitute or is heavily rotated among the plethora of options that Mourinho has in attacking midfield.
The German has played 90 minutes for the club just three times in the Premier League since joining from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
He holds a similar role for the German national side. At the World Cup this summer he was often brought into the fray late on to add his energy to the final third of the pitch.
He scored three goals at the World Cup despite starting just one game.
It is a role many would be able to handle, but Schurrle knows that for both club and country he has a tough battle on his hands for regular football, and is understanding of his role for both teams.
In an interview with Merker-Online he has made it clear he has 'no problem' with being the joker in the pack:
"With a large team it is normal that you will change, sometimes sitting on the bench. It is important for me that I am in the big games from the start. This applies also for the national team but I have the character to know that it's about more than me. During the World Cup I was valuable in the role as the 'joker' for the team. And if this should be the case again at the next tournament that will happen to me - no problem."