Jose still backing Sheva

17 September 2006 11:49
Jose Mourinho remains confident £30million summer signing Andriy Shevchenko will adapt to English football, despite his subdued start to life with Chelsea. The Ukrainian striker has scored in two of his six appearances since joining the Blues from AC Milan, but has struggled to make any kind of positive impact in the other games. Mourinho insists he is not worried about Shevchenko's form and that he expects the 29-year-old to develop into a real force in the Premiership once he is better acquainted with his Chelsea team-mates. "I expect him to start scoring soon, naturally without pressure, he will go somewhere and score two or three goals and be in a scoring period," said the Portuguese. "Another point is about dynamics and automatic movement. "You talk about playing in a blindfold, knowing what your fellow player is doing. "You know where to cross the ball because, when Shevchenko does this, he goes to that space and, when he makes this movement, he wants the ball on that spot. "It's the kind of communication and routine we need." Shevchenko scored 173 goals in 296 games for Milan after joining them from Dynamo Kyiv in 1999, and is also the record scorer in Champions League history.

Source: ESA