Sheva: I'll make my mark with Blues
Andriy Shevchenko has blamed injuries for his inability to make an impression at Chelsea, but the Ukraine star is convinced he can write his name into the club’s history books if he steers clear of fitness problems...
Andriy Shevchenko has blamed injuries for his inability to make an impression at Chelsea, but the Ukraine star is convinced he can write his name into the club’s history books if he steers clear of fitness problems.
Shevchenko arrived at Stamford Bridge in a blaze of publicity following a £30 million move in 2006 but his contribution to the club’s cause in the past two seasons has been distinctly low-key as he has weighed in with just nine league goals in that time.
The man who scored 173 times for Milan to become the club’s second all-time record goalscorer has attributed his failure to succeed in The Premier League to a succession of injury problems that have hampered his ability to settle in England.
And despite being linked with a return to the San Siro, Shevchenko is still determined to win a place in the hearts of Blues fans.
“During these two years at Chelsea I had two operations and a serious back injury,” Shevchenko told the club’s official website.
“If I will have the opportunity to train and play without injuries, I would like to leave my mark on the history of Chelsea.
“Injuries constantly kept me out of action.”
Shevchenko is currently working hard to regain his fitness following an operation over the summer and the Ukraine international is well aware that he has a real battle on his hands if he is to win a key role under new manager Luis Felipe Scolari.
“I have trained with the team only a week,” Shevchenko added. “The process of recovery is taking place normally and the injury doesn’t bother me.
“It is gratifying that the coach gave me an opportunity to get back to the rhythm of playing [during pre-season].
“We had a good conversation. I’m only now getting into shape and recovering from injury, so prefence is given to those players who are in better form.
“The coach always chooses the best players in order to choose the best scheme. I very much respect Scolari as a man and a great coach.
“I think the challenge for the coach now is to find the optimum team and help the players achieve their best form.
“Scolari has enough players to change the scheme of the game. He will be able to judge the best strategy.”