Will Shevchenko ever rediscover his old form?

August 26, 2008

Andriy Shevchenko has completed his move back to AC Milan but unlike Ronaldinho’s arrival in July, there was no fanfare from the Rossoneri.

Milan fans looked on with shock, pity and a small sense of ‘we told you so’ as Shevchenko struggled to fit in at Chelsea during two forgettable years in England.

Expectations at the San Siro are not particularly high. Supporters and media are not sure if he will consistently be in the starting XI given the recent injuries which have clearly cut his pace. They also know that not many players succeed when returning to a former club.

But the Ukrainian may surprise a few people if he can stay fit. Milan finished fifth in Serie A last season and just a flash of his old genius could make all the difference. The 2004 European player of the year spent seven stunning seasons with Milan and certainly knows where the San Siro goals are.

We should not underestimate the power of going home.


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I totally understand that “expectations at San Siro are not that high.”

However, I strongly believe in “inner motivation” and that is what our Prodigal Son Sheva has right now to move mountains.

I do believe that Sheva will do a better job in Milan than what he did with Chelsea, that’s for sure.

I take your words “just a flash of his old genius could make all the difference.”

Sheva will make the difference …. OH GOD, HEAR MY PRAYERS!

Anna Italia
Italian Soccer Serie A

Posted by Anna Italia | Report as abusive

I strongly feel that scheva can do what he had done for milan in his golden days. With ronaldinho, kaka n pato around him, he’s gonna score more. I hope he starts bright and very soon.
Sooraj.Soman, Bangalore
Ardent Inter fan

Posted by Sooraj | Report as abusive

With players like ronaldinho,kaka and pato around him, scheva will score many goals this season. For a player like him, Italian league is training-ground stuff, while EPL is hard-game for him.
He’s gonna rock dis season n in the champion’s league next season. :-)
Ardent Inter fan

Posted by Sooraj | Report as abusive

Sheva, I will always support you, don’t ever give up, some people have their up side down moment, just ignore what others said. YOU CAN DO IT, SUPER SHEVA!

Posted by Azlan | Report as abusive

It remains to see what he can do in Milan but I think he will do better than he did in Chelsea. Chelsea wants quick success. So there are always pressure on the players to perform. Unfortunately Sheva didn’t cope with that. Let’s not blame him for that. The atmosphere is different in Chelsea (of course) but what affected him is the style of play in England. Too much physical cantact while the Italians play artistic football.
So I hope that he will be successful in Milan once again before his retirement which will give him a moral boost.

Posted by Russell | Report as abusive

If hes misses a peno against liverpool in the champions league final again i will be in dreamland. Although i hope this great play rediscovers hes form, as he has been messed about at chelsea.

I think berbatov maybe a good signing for man utd, but are they going to be able to keep tevez and rooney and him happy.

It will be interesting if they will put up with the sulking of berbatov

Gregg Scott

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Posted by Gregg Scott | Report as abusive

Sheva is gona rock Italian League. He has certainly shown glimpses of his good days last week, only to be cleared of the line twice-once by GK, n den by defender.. He will come good. As Sooraj Mentioned with players like Ronaldiniho, Kaka to feed him, the finishing quality which is in born in him will come out n prove good for Milan.. Go Sheva we are der behind u.. Forza MILAN, Forza Sheva

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