Chelsea news

Samuel Eto'o backed to hit form

September 15, 2013
By ESPN staff

Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel has backed new Stamford Bridge striker Samuel Eto'o to get off the mark soon.

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Eto'o and Chelsea suffered a frustrating evening at Goodison Park on Saturday, with chances going begging as the Blues suffered a 1-0 defeat -- their first league loss since Jose Mourinho’s return to the club.

The 32-year-old Cameroon international struggled to make an impact on the game, but Mikel said he would find his feet in the Premier League before long.

"Samuel is a great player, a fantastic player. You could see the way he played, he created some fantastic chances," he told Press Association Sport.

"That is why the manager brought him in. Obviously, he has a lot of trust and belief in him. The English league is very difficult to adapt to, this was the first game for him, and he has done pretty well.

"Chelsea was my first real professional club and it took me six months to a year to adapt, but I think someone like Eto'o, who is well experienced and has played in so many leagues, won't take very long. I think he looked a bit sharp, so it won't take him long to get back into his fitness.

"He is a world-class player, a fantastic guy. We have to keep working with him, keep playing with him and trying to help him to fit in."

Eto'o headed wide from an early Ramires cross and was then denied by a superb challenge from Everton debutant Gareth Barry.

Chelsea created numerous opportunities, and Mikel said: "It is about how we bounce back. Sometimes when you know what you've done wrong, it is easy to bounce back.

"We need to go back to training and try to find out what we didn't do -- although everyone knows what we didn't do. We didn't score goals."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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