Berlin - Having fired Wolfsburg into the Champions League's
quarter-finals Andre Schuerrle wants to face ex-club Chelsea in the last eight,
because he still has a soft spot for the Blues.
"It would be awesome to draw Chelsea. I still love the
club," said the Germany winger who played for the Blues from 2013 until
With Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals for the first time in
their history, Schuerrle now hopes Chelsea beat Paris St-Germain at Stamford
Bridge on Wednesday having lost the first leg 2-1 in the French capital.
Schuerrle's 74th-minute strike sealed Wolfsburg's 1-0 win
over Gent on Tuesday as the German Cup holders marched on in Europe with a 4-2
aggregate victory in the last 16.
"It just shows that I'm back when you pop up with a
goal in a game like that," said Schuerrle, who has only cemented his place
in the starting side in the last week.
After struggling to make an impact in his first year at
Wolfsburg, Schuerrle has broken into the first-team after moving in from the
wing to partner Max Kruse up front.
He scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick in last week's 4-0
drubbing of Hanover to silence criticism in the German media after weeks of
struggling for form.
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Schuerrle poured praise on his Germany and Wolfsburg
team-mate Julian Draxler, who pushed through the pain barrier to set up the
winning goal at the Volkswagen Arena.
The 22-year-old suffered a dead leg in the first half but
swallowed some pain-killing tablets, then danced around Gent's wing-back Nana
Asare to provide the cross for Schuerrle to fire home.
"Julian was outstanding, a large part of the goal was
down to him. The ball fell at my feet," said Schuerrle.
Both Draxler and Schuerrle have been outstanding in recent
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking says his Germany stars are
proving themselves in the fight to climb from seventh in the German league
table to try and secure a Champions League place for next season.
"He took a lot of criticism, but it was important that
he kept believing in himself. Many would have been broken by the
criticism," Hecking said of Schuerrle.
And Draxler's desire to play through the pain barrier
impressed his coach, who says the attacking midfielder has stepped up his game.
"It's exactly the way Julian should be playing.
Everyone can do the easy stuff," said Hecking about the midfielder
Wolfsburg bought for 35 million euros ($39.4m) from Schalke.
"When you want to be a top player, you have to accept
difficulties like this and that is exactly what Julian showed he can do."For
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