Shevchenko urges Torres to stay calm
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been told to relax and the goals will start flowing in at Stamford Bridge. The advice comes from Andriy Shevchenko, who failed to replicate the kind of form at the club that made him such a respected figure with AC Milan and throughout Europe.
34-year-old Shevchenko managed only nine goals in 47 appearances for Chelsea, and knows the pressure Torres is under after he left Liverpool in January.
"Chelsea play a different game to Liverpool. You need time to adapt," said Shevchenko. "Everyone is looking at him because the price of the transfer is very high. In England everyone puts a lot of pressure on him. He is a big player, a big name and goals will come.
"He needs to keep believing in himself and keep calm. I know he will be working hard. Maybe it is best he does not think about scoring."
Shevchenko left Chelsea to rejoin Milan on loan before returning home to Dynamo Kyiv, where he started out. His arrival back in England this week was a happy one as the Ukrainian side defeated Manchester City in the UEFA Europa League and will now face Braga in the quarter-finals.
Shevchenko scored in the 2-1 aggregate victory over City, who meet Chelsea on Sunday in a crucial Premier League match. He still has a soft spot for his former club even though his game did not reach the heights he had hoped for in London. "I hope they play well and win as it is an important game for both sides," Shevchenko added.