World Cup winner, Germany’s Andre Schurrle has been recognized by BBC’S match of the day (MOTD) for he’s well taken effort against Burnley in Chelsea’s first match of the season. The goal was voted the best goal in the month of August, and the Chelsea star beat out Liverpool man, Alberto Moreno and Everton’s left winger McGeady to clinch the prestigious award.
The former Leverkusen man amassed 25 per cent of the vote, beating new Liverpool signing Alberto Moreno, whose goal away at Tottenham earned 18 per cent of the votes.
Aiden McGeady’s opening day goal for Everton against Leicester City finished third with 15 per cent.
Schurrle’s exquisite goal was started when Fabregas passed up to the German in the center. With Hazrd already accelerating, the winger laid the ball off, leaving Hazard in possession and accelerating into the final third. Hazard takes the ball and gallops towards the Burnley box, with both Lukas Jutkiewicz and Mike Duff both lunging in and failing to make challenge, and for a moment it looked like Hazard might go all the way.
Instead, having sucked four defenders into him and leaving a fifth in the dust, he lays the ball off to Branislav Ivanovic, steaming up from the right wing. The entire Burnley midfield has collapsed courtesy Hazard’s earlier surge forward and with an Ivanovic cross to the back post having led to a Diego Costa goal only 4minutes earlier, the back line is assuming that the right back will try something similar with the ball. However, he goes for the much better option instead.
Ivanovic hits a looping cross to Fabregas and as the cross approaches him, every one assumes he’ll shoot. But as the ball is coming over to him, he sees Schurrle making a clever run behind the Burnley line. A half volleyed pass finds the German, who’s first time finish, finds the back of the net.
Schurrle is internationally renowned for making intelligent runs in behind the defense and is generally seen as a very intelligent player. Without his amazing run to give Cesc Fabregas an option to use, the Spaniard might have attempted to volley Ivanovic’s looping cross. Most attempted volleys on the edge of the box can go off the side of a player’s boot, and fly wide.
Sometimes, a player gets on the end of an amazing build up like the one that set up the Schurrle goal against Burnley, and isn’t given enough credit for his part in the goal. Schurrle’s exceptional run was the main reason for that goal.
The award to Schurrle is the first time a Chelsea player has won the award since the Brazilian Alex scored with an amazing free kick in October 2010.
The Blues will be hoping that as the season progresses, that their team is awarded more accolades similar to this one. Manager, player and goal of the month awards, are an indication that the team is achieving its primary goal of winning the Premier League title.