Chelsea Ace Reveals Impatience “For Regular First-team Football”

By on October 23, 2011

Danny Sturridge admits Andre Villas-Boas has transformed the dynamic at Chelsea, insisting the club is more focused about the team rather than the stars that play in it.

Sturridge has featured heavily in the starting XI since AVB arrival and he’s revealed the new boss treats all the players equally and their are no ‘star’ players in the squad:

“The new manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has changed everything since he came in. It doesn’t matter if you’re 17 or 25, he treats every player the same,” he told The Sun.

“It’s no longer about individuals, the big players, the young players, the foreign players or whatever.

“If all the focus is on the stars, the team won’t succeed. So now it’s all about the Chelsea family going in the way the manager wants.”

Despite his excellent start to the campaign, the confident forward had questioned his future under the reign of former boss Carlo Ancelotti, telling The Sun he was impatient for a chance with the first team:

“I don’t know if Ancelotti rated me or not because he didn’t give me the opportunity to play.

“Carlo was a great boss who had the job of picking a team to win the Premier League. And in his first season in charge he achieved that target. But all the time I felt I was only ever fighting for a place on the bench. And that was the hardest thing for me to deal with.

“I felt in amazing shape and believed I should be playing. I was impatient for regular first-team football. The club eventually agreed to lend me to Bolton and that changed everything.

“It was a gamble. I could have gone away for five months, failed to make an impression and who knows where I would’ve been now.

“But I had a new lease of life at Bolton. Owen Coyle restored my confidence and I’ll never be able to repay him and his staff for that.”

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