Sturridge wants more starting opportunities

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Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Daniel Sturridge has said he wants to be starting more games for Chelsea after netting in the Blues incredible 5-4 Capital One Cup victory over Manchester United on Wednesday evening.

The England international has fallen down the pecking order under new boss Roberto Di Matteo, with Fernando Torres being the man to lead the line, supported by Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard just behind him.

The former Manchester City man has scored against Tottenham Hotspur in the league recently as well though and is sure to be catching the eye of Di Matteo.

Sturridge said: “I’ve been out of any sort starting positions and any substantial minutes so I didn’t feel as sharp in front of goal,”

“When you train you can score as many goals but it’s completely different in a game. I’m delighted I scored but I know I need to get sharper.

“I’m really happy the manager gave me an opportunity up front today because that’s what I’ve wanted throughout my Chelsea career.”

It must have been a very frustrating campaign for the striker so far as this formation the Chelsea boss likes to play does not allow for two forwards.

However, someone of Sturridge’s ability sitting on the bench most weeks shows just what quality the Blues have this season and you can guarantee is Torres has a bad run of form, then the Englishman will come into the side and do a good job.

If you like to keep an eye on the latest betting odds, you will see that Sturridge is a 9/2 shot to break the deadlock against Swansea City on Saturday.

He always seems to find himself in great positions and if he can add that killer instinct in front of goal to his game, then you can see Sturridge having a long run in the team.

Although the Capital One Cup has provided a huge amount of entertainment this year, the 23-year-old wants to be playing in the Champions League and Premier League.

What Di Matteo needs to do is keep his squad happy, because players of Sturridge’s quality will attract attention from clubs if they are not playing come the January transfer window.

Right now though, on the pitch, things at Chelsea are looking very positive indeed.

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