1 goal, 3 key passes: Chelsea's Andre Schurrle impresses on first team return

Andre Schurrle Germany

Andre Schurrle delivered after being handed a rare start in Chelsea's 3-1 Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon.

Andre Schurrle was outstanding in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. He found himself back in the starting line-up as Jose Mourinho's new-look Chelsea side rounded off an impressive Champions League qualifying campaign. 

Having started just four times in the Premier League this season, it was a welcome return to first-team action for the German international. He looked lively throughout his cameo, particularly with his efforts during the opening 45 minutes. 

Schurrle scored his first goal since September to double Chelsea’s lead in the first half, finishing off a move that materialised from the left flank. He took a touch before burying the ball into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box, past Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio. He managed four attempts in total - two of which were on target. 

  PositionGoalsShotsShot Acc (%)Chances CreatedPassesPass Acc (%)DribblesDispossessedMins
André Schürrle MF 1 4 50% 3 25 96% 2 1 74

Schurrle fashioned a match-best three chances, despite playing just 25 passes; 96% of which were accurate. Tidy in possession, he proved effective with his link-up play, while having the confidence to go alone when required - in total he managed two successful dribbles. He found himself dispossessed on just one occasion. 

He assisted defensively too, winning one tackle and making one clearance. Nonetheless, he was at fault for Sporting's goal. His weak header was punished by Jonathan Silva for Sporting’s second-half strike - one of very few errors the German made all evening. 

Speaking of Schurrle after the game, Mourinho said: “He is in my plans. We had a problem when he went to the national team the last time and he came back very, very ill and was in trouble for quite a long time.

“Today he had 75 minutes to improve his form, he is a player who needs to adapt better to the Premier League but is also a player that in three shots usually scores a goal. That’s an important quality.”

Mistake aside, it was an impressive display from the World Cup winner, that may go some way to convincing his manager that he is worth playing more regularly. 

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