Dream goal delights Sturridge

Youngster's first Champions League goal seals comfortable win

Sturridge: Celebrates goal

Sturridge: Celebrates goal

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Daniel Sturridge admitted it was a dream come true to score in Chelsea's Champions League win over MSK Zilina.

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It was a professional job by the Premier League champions as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Slovakian side, who are making their debut in the competition.

Sturridge was given a rare start with Didier Drogba rested for Chelsea's Group H opener and he scored the Blues' fourth goal early in the second half.

It was Sturridge's sixth goal for Chelsea since joining from Manchester City in July 2009 but the 21-year-old's first in the Champions League.

"I've been dreaming of this since I was a young boy," he told Sky Sports.

More to come

"I'm delighted to get off the mark in the Champions League and hopefully there's many more to come.

"There's a lot of world-class players in this team. I'm delighted to be part of things."

Chelsea were 3-0 up inside 28 minutes after Michael Essien's opener was followed by a Nicolas Anelka double.

Sturridge struck in the 48th minute before Tomas Oravec scored a consolation for the home side.

"We played some good football in the first half hour," Sturridge added.

Sharp

"We wanted to play the ball quickly and try to make sharp movements in the attacking half of the field and to defend well, and I think we did that quite well and it paid off for us in the end.

"Zilina were playing at home so they had the fans behind them and were attacking a lot but I think the defence played pretty well tonight. We were unlucky to concede a goal but we're going to come back stronger in the next game.

"We came out here to win and we're delighted to do that. I think everyone will be happy with the win because the main thing was to do that in the Champions League. To get three points on the board is fantastic for the team."