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Eto'o must maintain European touch

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Eto'o scored two against Schalke on Wednesday night. (©GettyImages)
Eto'o scored two against Schalke on Wednesday night. (©GettyImages).

If Chelsea are going to mount a challenge in Champions League this season, they will no doubt have to look to their most experienced players for inspiration and in summer signing Samuel Eto’o, they have somebody that knows the competition inside out.

Eto’o won the European Cup three times during spells at Barcelona and Internazionale, scoring in two finals whilst leading the line for some of the biggest clubs in the world.

The Cameroonian then left the Italian giants for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and despite the club only being in the Europa League, the 32-year-old chipped in with an impressive nine goals during a European run that was ended by Newcastle United.

However, with the four-time African footballer of the year now at Stamford Bridge, he has the chance to enjoy more success in Europe’s leading competition.

Eto’o didn't exactly hit the ground running when he joined the London club, scoring only one goal in his first ten appearances, and he’s struggled to make an impact compared to what he had done for his former clubs.

With his strike partner Fernando Torres hitting the back of the net only five times, and Demba Ba only managing his first goal in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over Schalke, the competition for a place in the Chelsea forward line has been at an all-time low.

But with Torres out injured for the Champions League clash against the Germans, the stage was set for the former Barcelona man to make a belated impact in a Chelsea shirt and so that's exactly what he did.

Eto'o added two goals to his previous tally of 28 Champions League strikes, climbing to number 17 in the list of all-time top scorers in the competition.

With a handful of years left in the legs of the African striker, he'll no doubt try and place his name in amongst the top 10 highest scorers, whilst also trying to join Clarence Seedorf as one of two players to win the competition with three different clubs.

The forward played under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan and following the instalment of faith the Portuguese coach put in Eto’o, by bringing him to Chelsea, Mourinho will be pinning his hopes on the African Cup of Nations all-time top scorer, on getting the goals that bring the European Cup back to London for a second time.

The stats don’t lie; Eto’o is one of the finest strikers to have played over the last decade, however history doesn’t help Chelsea right now.

His two goals against Schalke have left Chelsea within touching distance of qualification to the knockout stage, however if the club are seeking a third European trophy in consecutive years, the Cameroonian must maintain the form that once propelled him to the top of Europe and score the goals in which the London side bought him for in the summer.

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