Andre Schurrle was pleased we managed to end our season on a winning note. The German’s ninth goal since joining the Blues last summer levelled the score at Cardiff yesterday, and the second-half substitute’s positive impact on the game continued when he teed up Fernando Torres for the winner soon after.

Schurrle’s equaliser arrived after Cesar Azpilicueta had been foiled twice in quick succession, and the 23-year-old was clearly surprised to find his team-mate in such an advanced position.

‘Yeah I have to ask him, he was two metres in front of the goal,’ said Schurrle. ‘It was a good assist from him! He did well and the ball came to me perfectly.’

Manchester City’s victory in midweek ended any lingering hopes we had of lifting the title, but although there was little to play for against a team that had already been relegated, we still showed resilience and quality in South Wales to come away with the three points despite trailing for much of the game.

Schurrle was pleased with the manner in which the season ended and hopes that will stand us in good stead for the next campaign.

‘It was very important to finish well. We can go into the summer break with a win for the fans.

‘We wanted to win the Premier League and we wanted to win the Champions League. We were almost a winner but this is nothing and I’m sure we’ll come back very strong next season.’

The season has undoubtedly been one of collective development under the returning Jose Mourinho, but there has also been plenty of individual improvement throughout the squad. Schurrle, who joined the club from Bayer Leverkusen last June, gave an assessment of how he felt his first season in England had gone.

‘I think it was quite okay,’ he considered. ‘I had a few problems to adapt to the league but I think it’s normal if you come as a young player from another country. I think I can come back even stronger and better next season.’

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