On this day: Sturridge swipes at Chelsea; Lamela on troubles

Daniel Sturridge

On Halloween 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Let's cast our eyes back to this exact day, Halloween 2014, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from Halloween 2013…

Sturridge belief

Daniel Sturridge was discussing his time at Chelsea a year ago today. The Liverpool striker had scored 21 goals in 24 games since leaving Chelsea for Anfield - and was loving life at the Merseyside outfit.

And he said that Chelsea simply did not believe in him - which is why he decided to make an exit from the club in January 2013.

He said:

“Brendan Rodgers knows what I need. I needed to be believed in, to play as a centre-forward at a club, and I didn’t get that at Chelsea.

“He gave me the opportunity to do that here. It’s great to be part of his philosophy. He gets the most out of his players, and makes us want to win for him.

“He’s just very good at man-management as well as the tactics and team stuff.”

Sturridge has gone on to establish himself at Liverpool and in the England national team.

Lamela sure

Erik Lamela was insisting he would come good for Tottenham Hotspur. The £30 million signing from AS Roma last summer had struggled to live up to his billing and was already being linked with an early exit from the club.

But despite the Argentine struggling to have an impact for Tottenham he was sure he would eventually make the grade.

He said:

"I think I need a bit of time. I feel good here, although getting used to life here in every sense is a completely different thing. I've barely been here two months, so time is maybe what I need.

"I need training, a bit of rhythm, some games. English football is very different from the game in Italy - much more physical, whereas Serie A is more tactical."

At the end of the season it looked like he would fail to live up to those comments. He barely played a game in the second part of the campaign because of a back injury and spent most of it back in Argentina and Italy.

But he worked hard in pre-season and is finally starting to show glimpses of his obvious talent - most recently with that fantastic Rabona striker in the Europa League.

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