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The Portuguese manager believes that the 22-year-old is most effective from a wide position, and suggests that a win at St James’ Park will not be easy

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that he will continue to start Daniel Sturridge in a wide position, despite recent calls for the 22-year-old to play as a front striker.

The former Manchester City player has been one of the Blues’ most prolific players this season, netting seven goals in all competitions so far, six of which have come in the Premier League.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash away to Newcastle, Villas-Boas insisted that he sees Sturridge’s best position as playing on the wing, and claimed that other managers share his view.

"There is no purpose in using Daniel up front,” he told a pre-match press conference.

"Our conversation at the beginning of the season was that we saw his potential on the wings - not only myself but also [Fabio] Capello and [former Chelsea manager Carlo] Ancelotti.

"We know he likes the striker position. It doesn't mean that he cannot perform it to the best and, if needs be, we will use him.

"But he will be here with us always counting most likely as a right winger."

The 34-year-old then moved on to discuss his side’s upcoming clash with the Magpies, who have not beaten the Blues in their last eight Premier League encounters, and defended the fact that Chelsea have been defeated in all four encounters against a top seven side this season.

"Our form at the moment with the top teams has not been good enough," he continued.

"We've still yet to play three of them. So that still might give us a chance."

The Portuguese boss was also full of praise for his counterpart Alan Pardew, highlighting the changes he has made at St James' Park as the key to the club's recent success.

"Pardew has set an excellent standard for what he is doing, he is doing an excellent job and he also bought stability to Newcastle and a sense of serenity,” he added.

"Plus, there is a city behind the football club, and there's a sense of empathy with the city and the club.

"So it's a major football club that finds itself in an excellent position, fully motivated, so an excellent challenge for us."


[11:23:17 AM] Adam Scime: aye, its Cassano...sorry my spelling error from the skype msg Stiv
[11:23:25 AM] Kris Voakes: (y)
[11:23:26 AM] Adam Scime: can you edit?

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