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Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is being coached by Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell in a bid to regain his pace.

The 2004 Olympic relay gold medallist was brought in two months ago to help the Ukrainian regain his explosive pace.

The former European footballer of the year has been below his very best since arriving at Stamford Bridge, leading to critics to claim his legs have 'gone'.

Shevchenko was on the bench for Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Schalke 04 in the Champions League and has not figured often in Avram Grant's plans since he took over the club last month, starting just two games under the new boss.

But, since taking over, Grant has promised that Shevchenko does have a future at the club and is understood to be supportive of the scheme to help the striker regain the sharpness.

Good idea...why did we wait so long?

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once they've gone they've gone unfortunately.

If it was possible to get your legs back I reckon we should bring back Pat Nevin and Zola

Some people just cant handle criticism or people won't have the guts to say the truth. Sheva's been slow but probably no one has told him. Maybe he realized it himself and now he tries to do something to it. He is 30 something, of course he can get his pace back it is just the matter of will. Players even great ones should always try to improve. You can do a whole lot to your physics even when you are a little bit older.

RUN SHEVA RUN!

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once they've gone they've gone unfortunately.

If it was possible to get your legs back I reckon we should bring back Pat Nevin and Zola

Some people just cant handle criticism or people won't have the guts to say the truth. Sheva's been slow but probably no one has told him. Maybe he realized it himself and now he tries to do something to it. He is 30 something, of course he can get his pace back it is just the matter of will. Players even great ones should always try to improve. You can do a whole lot to your physics even when you are a little bit older.

RUN SHEVA RUN!

Yeah and Kerry Dixon's growing a pony-tail icon_lol.gif

Time will tell.

This reeks of desperation to me! beatdeadhorse.gif

At the age of 31 there's no getting your pace back. FACT

You might be able to sharpen up a little bit, but the ageing process cannot be reversed. Some players lose it earlier than others. For Sheva to come good he needs to change his game.

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I wonder if there is any truth in this? but giving it the beniefit of the doubt,

If it sharpens him up then it seems like good news to me, he has a good brain and might have to play a bit different but he's a Chelsea player and I wish him the best of luck,

No one really knows how much of his bad form is down to "gone legs" and how much is down to "gone confidence" my take on it is if he sharpens up a tad and has a bit of luck (obviously when he gets a chance) his confidence could return and we could have a decent player.

Its a horrible way to end a brilliant career if he doesn't come good here and he deserves better, I hope he at least becomes a useful player for us towards the end of the season for Chelseas sake and his own.

Run Sheva Run icon_lol.gif i liked that.

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Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is being coached by Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell in a bid to regain his pace.

The 2004 Olympic relay gold medallist was brought in two months ago to help the Ukrainian regain his explosive pace.

The former European footballer of the year has been below his very best since arriving at Stamford Bridge, leading to critics to claim his legs have 'gone'.

Shevchenko was on the bench for Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Schalke 04 in the Champions League and has not figured often in Avram Grant's plans since he took over the club last month, starting just two games under the new boss.

But, since taking over, Grant has promised that Shevchenko does have a future at the club and is understood to be supportive of the scheme to help the striker regain the sharpness.

Good idea...why did we wait so long?

Sheva could be trained by Ben Johnson and get an extra dose of steriods and he still wont be able to cut it in the PL.

His legs have gone and no amount of training with sprinters be it Campbell or anyone else will change father time.

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once they've gone they've gone unfortunately.

If it was possible to get your legs back I reckon we should bring back Pat Nevin and Zola

Incorrect. You can never regain speed over longer distances, but it entirely impossible to gain his acceleration back, from about a 20-30% increase on average. The only issue is Shevchenko's knees- the extra stress might make him even more injury-prone. What he lacks in raw speed must also be countered in fitness and strength. He'll never be the player he once was but he should markedly improve.

The problem? It would take a full season to do so!

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News just in regarding Sheva's legs:

Ambrovich has opted to replace Sheva's legs with bionic legs from NASA and has brought in Lee Majors as a consultant/therapist to Sheva post op. It would seem, however, that there has been a spat between Kissinger (who you may recall was brought in as the dressing room detente consultant after Mourinho departed) and Majors over the one remaining locker space for back room consultants at Cobham.

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I'm no expert on Sheva but was he really that fast before he came to us?

I've been following Juventus for over 10 years and even though that didn't include Milan and Sheva that often I still saw a few games with them and I actually can't remember Sheva as a fast player. I saw him more as a player who was in front of goal. A bit like Trezeguet. Far from a sprinter but deadly in front of goal.

And during the time at Milan before he joined us I can't remember anything about him starting to lose his speed or anything like it. If he really was a fast player, which I can't remember that he was, did he magicaly lose his speed the minute he signed for us?

If not, why are we moaning about him "being slow"?

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Sheva was never a "fast" player. He has always been a finisher, like Inzaghi, or Van Nistelrooy.

Which is why I've always found it strange when Jos? used him as a sort of winger or as a sort of link between the midfield and Drogba. No wonder he's had a hard time. icon_rolleyes.gif

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Sheva was never a "fast" player. He has always been a finisher, like Inzaghi, or Van Nistelrooy.

Which is why I've always found it strange when Jos? used him as a sort of winger or as a sort of link between the midfield and Drogba. No wonder he's had a hard time. icon_rolleyes.gif

You got it. I have been saying that for a long time as well. He cannot play at any other place but all the way up front. He is a finisher, and if used the right way, a real class finisher (Milan knows). Any other way of playing him, the result is... well, we know the result.

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Your having a giggle arnt ya? sheva was never a fast player? the guy was lightening in his prime... quick as f*ck and a snap shot from any where in and around the penalty area... he wont regain his speed the way it was but he can still become a force in the prem (i think)

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Only just seen this thread. Barak is right on the money. Sheva used to leave people for dust, his pace in possession was outstanding. In addition to pace on the move he also had a very quick reaction time which allowed him to gain that vital half a yard on a defender giving him the chance to get a shot in. Our sixth goal against City was a prime example of that. He saw the space for the pass and by the time the defender had realised it, Sheva was in the hole, the pass had been made and he had the time to fire the shot home.

Under Jose I was beginning to accept that we would never see great things from Sheva but now I still have some hope that we will see a lot more then we have seen to date.

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Agree with the posts above, he wont become a short distance sprinter no matter how hard he trains. In fact he should stop running around the filed like a headless chicken, just stand around the box and wait for that cross or flick on. This would not happen under Jose because Jose like everyone to work hard, but under management and a possible different style of playing , we may just see the goal poracher shevchekno

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