Striker offers advice

Shevchenko backs Torres to find goals

March 18, 2011

Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko thinks Fernando Torres needs to "believe in himself" and try to avoid thinking about his goal drought if he is to become a success at Stamford Bridge.

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Shevchenko joined the Blues in a record-breaking £30.8 million deal as one of the most feared strikers in world football, but left a shadow of his former self - branded a 'flop' for his failure to settle in England.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich smashed that record outlay by splashing £50 million on signing Torres from Liverpool in January, but the Spain frontman has found life at Stamford Bridge difficult thus far, failing to score in 428 minutes of football across his first six games.

That is a record that is actually worse than Shevchenko's start at the club; not counting the Ukrainian's goal against Liverpool on his debut in the 2006 Community shield, he took just five competitive matches to find the net.

But Shevchenko scored just nine Premier League goals in three years at the Blues, failing to live up to a prolific reputation following his big-money move from AC Milan, and he has warned Torres that he must relax if he is to avoid the same fate and begin to justify his price tag.

"[Torres needs to] believe in himself and stay very calm because the goals are coming. I know he works hard, maybe he shouldn't think about it," Shevchenko told talkSPORT.

"Chelsea play different football to Liverpool, he needs time to adapt. The price of the transfer was very high and in England everyone is putting a lot of pressure on him.

"I think he has to be relaxed and not be worried, he's a big name, a big player and goals are coming."