Previous
Mouscron-Peruwelz
Club Brugge
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Hellas Verona
Lazio
7:45 PM GMT
Game Details
São Paulo
Emelec
10:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City
ESPN2 12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Boca Juniors
Cerro Porteño
12:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Next

Real Madrid are top of the class

Power Rankings about an hour ago
Read
Nov 13, 2011

Sturridge praises Chelsea veterans

Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge has paid tribute to the players he calls 'the heart of the team', claiming that the likes of John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are being disrespected.

Sturridge, 22, has starred so far this season alongside the likes of Juan Mata and Ramires, but the forward insists that it is not always the youngsters who deserve praise.

"The disrespect I've seen towards the likes of JT and others is ridiculous. When times get hard, these are the sort of players who step up to the plate," Sturridge told the Daily Star Sunday. "It's not just the younger players people should be looking at, thinking they're the exciting ones.

"Ashley Cole, JT, Lamps, Didier - these are the players which keep the team going. They are the heart of the team. They have been here a lot longer than I have, or any of the younger guys coming through have. They're the ones who are paving the way for us. I can only look up to them right now.''

Chelsea have come under pressure as they are already nine points off the pace in the Premier League after recent defeats at the hands of QPR and Arsenal and Sturridge insists that older heads are needed to get the club back on track.

"The younger players wouldn't be able to perform when faced with adversity - because we're not used to it,'' he added. ''It's a big change for us.

"But the older players have been through it. To have those players around the club makes your job so much easier."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.