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Schurrle: We can win against every team

ESPN staff
April 10, 2014
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Andre Schurrle insists that with Jose Mourinho on the touchline and John Terry and Frank Lampard on the pitch Chelsea are ready for whoever Friday's Champions League semi-final draw pairs them with.

Chelsea, winners in 2012, advanced to the last four by overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit to Paris Saint-Germain and progressed on the away goals rule thanks to strikes from Schurrle and Demba Ba in a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

"We can win against every team," Schurrle said. "If you have John Terry, Frank Lampard on the pitch, they've seen everything in football. And it gives you a good feeling because they know what to do."

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Mourinho does, too. The Chelsea manager has guided four clubs - Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid - to the last four and has now reached a Champions League semi-final for an eighth time in 11 seasons.

"If you know this statistic it gives you a better feeling that he knows what to do," Schurrle added.

Mourinho won the European Cup in 2004 with Porto and in 2010 with Inter. There are numerous sub-plots with any of the possible semi-final opponents in Friday's draw, including against his former employers Real Madrid.

Mourinho called for his side to believe in the run-up to the game and be patient during it. Schurrle came on as an 18th-minute replacement for Eden Hazard, whose calf injury will rule him out of this weekend's league match at Swansea and makes him a doubt for the semi-finals. He scored 14 minutes later in a man-of-the-match display.

Ba has been used sparingly this season, starting just three times, but the striker took his opportunity.

"Everyone's happy for him," Schurrle said. "It was a difficult time and he totally deserved it."

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