Chelsea striker denies there’s a rift in the team camp

Chelsea have arguably their most important match of the season on Tuesday night when they take on Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie, with rumours abounding that some of the players are unhappy under Andre Villas-Boas.

Chelsea striker denies there’s a rift in the team camp

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February 20th, 2012

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Indeed, the manager has claimed that he doesn’t need the backing of all players considering Roman Abramovich is right behind him, although Daniel Sturridge claims that the squad remain united at Stamford Bridge as they look to get the better of their Italian opponents.

“I don’t think it is a defining week for the club but hopefully we don’t get in the same situation as against Birmingham where we have to come from behind,” he told the club’s official website.

“We are all together as one and we are not a divided unit. We are a family and we’ve got a good unit going here and I think maybe we will see that in the next few games.”

Sturridge claims that Chelsea will show Napoli plenty of respect although they won’t fear opponents who took four points off Manchester City during the group stage.

“They have some great individuals as well as a good team but we have the same and we are not going to worry about what they have got,” added the England international.

“We have to go out there with the attitude that they have got to worry about what we have got. I am certainly not worried about that and we are going out there with the state of mind that we can win the game and play some good football, maybe get some more opportunities and put them away.”

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