Sheva: Struggles Are Normal

LONDON, UK -- Andriy Shevchenko has shrugged off his slow start to life at Chelsea and insisted he is happy with his decision to swap AC Milan for the Premiership champions.

The striker has scored just one league goal in seven games since his £30million summer transfer from Milan.

He will lead out Ukraine against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico for their Euro 2008 qualifier on Saturday hoping to rediscover his goal touch in the country where he was a prolific scorer.

"Players go through difficult times and it happens to everyone," said Shevchenko, who turned 30 last week.

"But I feel young and full of energy."

The frontman is determined to make a success of his move to England.

He said: "I chose Chelsea and I will continue on this path.

Nothing can change my choice. Life goes beyond football.

"I feel more free here (London) than in Italy. The life of a footballer in London is more simple, football is a show that finishes once the game is over.

"I understand the foreigners who speak English and then (Frank) Lampard and (John) Terry help me out."

Much has been said about Shevchenko and Roman Abramovich's relationship, but the striker says he receives no special treatment from Chelsea's Russian owner.

"I am not Abramovich's golden boy," Shevchenko told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I am just a player and he is my president, he takes care of all his players."

Shevchenko is still idolised by the red-and-black half of Milan after scoring 173 goals in seven seasons.

He helped Milan to the Serie A title in 2004 and the Champions League the year before, and Carlo Ancelotti's men have struggled for goals without him so far this season.

But the former Dynamo Kiev man was happy to have avoided his old Milan team-mates in the Champions League group stages.

"Chelsea is a very strong team, who fight to win everything just like Milan," he added.

"The only thing that I wanted in the Champions League is to avoid meeting Milan. To have played against my former team-mates immediately after my move would have been a drama."

Source: PA Sport