's cookie policy has been updated. Our website has been developed in a way to allow you to read all our articles even when cookies are disabled but third party cookies may be placed on your machine to track your use of our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive these cookies, alternatively, click "TELL ME MORE" for more information including opt-out instructions.

LATEST NEWS 11:37 Would Harry Kane Thrive Overseas? He is one of the hottest properties around in English football and rumours persist that he is high on Real ... 15:45 Mauricio Pochettino admits draw against Liverpool is a fair result Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Liverpool was a ...

Arsene Wenger insists: Olivier Giroud is not just a substitute here at Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes striker Olivier Giroud can still be an asset in his squad this season. The Frenchman has struggled to enjoy regular first team football at the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger admits Top Four finish is difficult for Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says a Top Four finish will not be easy to achieve for his side despite a vital 2-1 win away at Middlesbrough. The Gunners are currently sixth in the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger explains when striker Lucas will be back in action Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has no new injury concerns after the mid-week draw at home against Paris Saint-Germain. Defender Hector Bellerin and midfielder Santi Cazorla are... - Read article

Chelsea Jersey
» News

Former Chelsea striker: Falcao will struggle to revitalise his career at Chelsea


Former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo says striker Falcao is not the player he was before suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage at the start of 2014.

The Colombia international required surgery after suffering a very serious injury during Monaco's Coupe de France tie against Monts d'Or Azergues in January of last year.

He missed the World Cup Finals in Brazil but still managed to attract interest from Manchester United where he spent last season on loan.

He will spend next season on loan at Chelsea but Crespo says it will not be easy for the 29-year-old to rediscover the same form that made him one of Europe's best striker when at Atletico Madrid and Monaco.

"There is a big difference between Falcao before and after his injury," Crespo told the BBC.

"Before the injury, he was the best of the 'human players' - all players apart from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are on another level.

"After such an injury, you need time and it's not easy to recover.

"It won't be easy for him. Jose doesn't give presents away.

"All Falcao has to do is to believe in himself and be the great player he is. That will be enough to convince Mourinho to give him a chance.

"He was probably not the kind of player Van Gaal was looking for.

"You have to take your chances if you want to play regularly. We will see what happens at Chelsea."

Featured in article
Falcao, Hernan Crespo