Radamel Falcao is confident that the goals will come at Chelsea after signing for the Blues on a season-long loan deal.
The Colombia international, once widely regarded as the best number nine in world football, says he is calm and feeling no extra pressure since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Falcao endured a dismal loan spell with Manchester United last season, but is keen to prove his doubters wrong with the reigning Premier League champions.
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“I feel very well, free and with a lot of confidence. I don’t feel pressure to score,” Falcao was quoted as saying by The Sun. “Strikers always want to score goals, clearly, but I’m calm. The goals will come.
“We have great strikers in this team. Diego Costa and Loic Remy are excellent finishers.
“We hope to have healthy competition and the coach will decide.”
Falcao fails to make impact in Community Shield
Jose Mourinho opted to start Remy ahead of Falcao for the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday.
The Colombian was sent on for the second half but, while he caught the eye with his movement and endeavour, failed to make a telling contribution as Mourinho slumped to his first ever defeat to Arsene Wenger.
Falcao managed to score a pitiful four goals in 29 appearances for Manchester United last term, prompting Louis van Gaal to opt against signing the striker on either a permanent contract or a second season-long loan deal.
Mourinho's gamble could backfire
Mourinho has taken a gamble on Falcao, who was extraordinarily good during his spells with FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, but it’s a risk that threatens to backfire on Chelsea.
Falcao’s touch has deserted him since arriving in England, while he has also looked slower and more feeble compared to previous years.
Take a look at any of his ‘best goals’ compilation videos on YouTube and the sheer quality and diversity of the goals he scored with the likes of Atletico and Porto is staggering.
But there’s an argument, based on his performances over the past 20 months - since that serious knee injured he suffered while playing for his current parent club AS Monaco in January 2014 - to suggest that Falcao is finished as an elite-level striker.
Falcao can have no excuses at Chelsea
The Colombian now has the perfect opportunity to prove otherwise. At Chelsea, where he has service from world-class players, Falcao can have no excuses if he flatters to deceive again.
Chelsea fans: do you believe Radamel Falcao will silence his critics this season? Will he deliver on his promise by scoring plenty of goals at the Bridge? Have your say in the comments below!
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