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Why Daniel Sturridge's time has come

Updated: February 7, 2012, 4:00 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Andre Villas-Boas only made one substitution in Sunday's 3-3 draw with Manchester United, but it seemed a key moment. Oriol Romeu replaced Daniel Sturridge, with Juan Mata moving out to the right and Romeu sitting deep. Mata was no longer helping control the tempo of the game, and Chelsea's midfield sat so deep that it practically conceded the midfield ground to United.

Lost in the postgame analysis was the reaction of Sturridge as he was substituted. He was clearly annoyed; ...

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