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Eto'o aims to adapt for Chelsea

Eto'o came off the bench against Norwich. (©GettyImages)
Eto'o came off the bench against Norwich. (©GettyImages).

Samuel Eto'o admits that the physical demands of playing in the Premier League have caught him by surprise.

The striker is goalless since his summer move from Anzhi Makhachkala, and is still adjusting to life in west London. The 32-year-old was given a number of opportunities by manager Jose Mourinho following the switch, but has subsequently been dropped to the bench after failing to impress.

He came on against Norwich City at the weekend however, and helped the Blues claim a 3-1 victory in Norfolk.

He told Chelsea Magazine: “Already I have noticed that English football is very physical – more physical than other types of football.

“It hasn't been too much time yet, so I need to continue working to make sure I keep improving my level. Every game here is important and I realise that – I have come here to enjoy playing for Chelsea and to enjoy the football. I go into every game with the same approach.

“It doesn't matter where you put me, I will play football. My team-mates are helping me a lot and also the coaches, so I feel that I am settling into the team.”

Mourinho has cited Eto'o's two-year spell at a lower level in the Russian top flight as a reason for his lacklustre start to the campaign, but insists that he will start scoring goals regularly once he reaches the same level as his teammates.

Eto'o has shown glimpses of his poacher's instinct and superb technical ability, but is yet to reach his very best at Stamford Bridge.

The 32-year-old is a proven goalscorer, as his 108 goals in 145 appearances for Barcelona will tell you, and is bound to start hitting the back of the net sooner rather than later for 'the Special One'.

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