Sturridge: I’ll only get better

Sturridge netted his ninth goal of the campaign in the 1-1 draw at
Tottenham to overtake Frank Lampard again as the Blues’ top scorer.
The 22-year-old is on course to end the season with at least 20
goals, having already bagged 21 during a calendar year which he
began on loan at Bolton. Sturridge’s tally is all the more
impressive considering he is playing not in his preferred
centre-forward role, but largely out on the wing. And despite
scoring the equaliser after ghosting in to convert Ashley Cole’s
cross at White Hart Lane last night, Sturridge was focused more on
an earlier miss when Brad Friedel spilt Juan Mata’s shot. “I know I
can improve a lot more than where I am now and hopefully I will be
able to show that,” Sturridge said. “I’ll be coming away from this
game disappointed I didn’t score more. “I feel I could have taken
the first chance and I’ll be working hard to improve my game
because I know I can do a lot better than I am now.” Sturridge was
far from the worst culprit as Chelsea wasted a glut of chances to
take all three points and move back within nine of leaders
Manchester City. Midfielder Ramires was thwarted in a one-on-one
with Friedel before squandering a free header from no more than
eight yards. But Sturridge was far less critical of his team-mate
than he was of himself. “Rami makes great runs and was unfortunate
not scoring,” he said. “But he has five goals so he is getting his
fair share of goals. “His energy is unbelievable and you can see
every game he plays in he gets a chance because of the way he runs.
Players don’t get opportunities like he does because they don’t do
the running he does. “He’s unlucky with the ones he didn’t score
but he’s a great player. “In the big games we’ve had opportunities
against every team we’ve played against and we’ve not taken them.
So hopefully now we can be a lot more clinical.” Didier Drogba also
hit the angle of post and bar in a performance that was arguably
Chelsea’s best away from home under manager Andre Villas-Boas. The
display came barely 24 hours after John Terry was charged with
racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand – something the Blues
captain denies. Terry and his team-mates did well to bounce back
from falling a goal behind, but Sturridge added: “I wouldn’t say we
made a statement. “They played great football, we played great
football and it was a great match for the neutral to watch. I
wouldn’t say we outplayed them. “It was end to end stuff, very
open, and they’re a great club. They’ll be in the title race and so
will we – we’re top sides.” Sturridge said after Saturday’s 1-1
draw at Wigan that it would be “stupid” to write off Chelsea’s
title hopes, and he was not for turning after last night’s result,
which left them 11 adrift of top spot. He said: “With how things
are in the Premier League, nobody is out of the race until the
final ball is kicked in the last game. Everybody knows that. “I
hate speculating about this because it’s going to be the same thing
again and again. “It’s going to be a tight Premier League race all
the way down to the final game and I’m looking forward to it.
Hopefully I can play a big part in the team lifting the league and
I do believe we can do that.” The next week and a half will be
decisive, with three rounds of fixtures over the festive period.
“It’s going to be a difficult period for every team,” Sturridge
said. “Players will start feeling a bit leggy and lose
concentration because of playing so many games, not forgetting
Christmas Day when the dinner comes out and everyone has a nice
day! “You never know what’s going to happen but, all in all, I am
sure points will be dropped.”