Chelsea delighted to have 'top player' Falcao – Terry

The Colombia international endured a torrid time at Manchester United last season but the Blues defender was impressed by the striker’s performance at Stamford Bridge in 2014-15


John Terry insists that Radamel Falcao can be a “top, top player” at Chelsea, due to his performance against the club for Manchester United.

Falcao endured a disappointing spell at Old Trafford, scoring just four goals in 29 appearances in all competitions following his loan move from Monaco.

Nevertheless, Terry is sure that the 29-year-old can recover the form that made him one of the best strikers in world football in west London, having encouraged Jose Mourinho to sign him.

“When we played him at the Bridge in April, after about 10 minutes, I said to Gary Cahill, ‘We’ve got to be on it today – he’s right up for it’,” he told reporters.

“He was hungry, he was sharp and he has been showing that in training since he has joined us.”

Terry also says that, so impressive was Falcao’s performance for United, he was one of the finest players he came up against in 2014-15.

“For me, him and Harry Kane were the best players I came up against last season,” he added.

“Literally after two minutes of that game, he was backing in, showing the movement as well.

“We had a little tussle on the floor 10 to 15 minutes later. He was up for it. He was hungry and his movement and first touch were excellent. We are delighted to have him here because he’s a top, top player.”

Mourinho: Falcao will be feared at Chelsea

The Colombia international struggled during his loan spell at Manchester United last season but the Portuguese has no worries over the 29-year-old’s ability


Jose Mourinho believes Radamel Falcao will rediscover his scoring touch at Chelsea, despite underwhelming at Manchester United last season.

Monaco loanee Falcao scored just four Premier League goals during his loan spell at Old Trafford in 2014-15, having previously hit 70 in 90 games for Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea secured the signing of the Colombia international in early July and Mourinho is sure that the 29-year-old can once again become a feared striker, with the Portuguese admitting that he was dreading coming up against the forward when he initially sealed his move to United.

“When he went to Man United I have to say I was a bit scared,” Mourinho told ESPN. “Because he’s a predator in the box and a guy who does score goals all the time.

“He did that in every club in every league, so I was convinced he was going to do that in our league, in England.”

Mourinho is also sure that Falcao’s problems at United did not stem from his fitness, and says he has no worries over his new signing’s physical condition – and believes their relationship will serve the forward well.

“We had a very exhaustive analysis of his condition before we made a decision,” Mourinho added. “Our doctor had real work to investigate all of that. He is not, for sure, a physical problem. So if it’s not physical, we can make him score goals again.

“Falcao was in my league when he was in Portugal. We moved to Spain at the same time. When I went to Real Madrid, he went to Atletico, so we spent three years in the same league.

“Then I came to England and he came to England too. So I know obviously this player very well.”

Falcao 'very grateful' for Mourinho faith after sealing Chelsea move

The Colombia international is aiming to win the Premier League title during his time at Stamford Bridge and is looking forward to linking up with Diego Costa


Radamel Falcao has admitted he is “very grateful” to Jose Mourinho for bringing him to Chelsea and is aiming to win the Premier League title during his loan spell at Stamford Bridge.

The Colombia international has moved to the Premier League champions following a disappointing season-long loan spell at Manchester United in which he scored just four goals in 29 appearances.

But Falcao has thanked Mourinho for his show of support and is keen to repay the faith shown in him by the Chelsea manager.

“He sent some messages to support me and he said that he believes in me and has faith in me, and for that reason I am very grateful to him and I want to give my 100 per cent for the team and for him,” the striker told Chelsea’s official website.

“I have challenged myself to play in the Premier League and I am enjoying living this experience with a lot of motivation, with a lot of concentration, because I want to triumph with Chelsea. I want to win the league and to be important in the team.”

Falcao is also relishing the prospect of linking back up with Diego Costa following their time together at Atletico Madrid.

“He is crazy! And happy. I know him from Atletico and we enjoyed very good times. We shared very good moments and he is a great guy,” said the Colombian.

“Among funny moments there, I remember he would throw water from the cold pool over the players – every time!

“We are used to playing together, and the 2012-13 year was very good for Atletico when we scored a lot of goals. We are different kinds of strikers and we complement each other.”

Diego Costa glad Falcao flopped at Man Utd

The Colombian scored just four Premier League goals under Louis van Gaal, paving the way for Chelsea to sign him and his new strike partner is confident he will now flourish


Diego Costa is glad Radamel Falcao flopped at Manchester United so Chelsea could snap him up.

The Colombian has moved to Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal despite scoring just four Premier League goals during a similar spell with Manchester United last term.

Mourinho revealed that the striker took a pay cut in order to prove wrong his critics in England and his former Atletico Madrid team-mate is confident a better atmosphere will see Falcao shine again.

“It’s good for us that he didn’t have the best of seasons as that’s why he’s now with us,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“We know that Falcao is a hugely talented player. The only thing he needs is to feel loved and trusted, and he will get both here.

“The manager is very happy to have brought him in and we are all very excited to have him in our squad because he’s a great player.

“He gets on very well with his team-mates and he will help us a lot off the field too.”

Falcao 'was the best of the human players', says Crespo

The Colombian endured a difficult season at Manchester United but is now gearing up for the 2015-16 campaign with Chelsea and Crespo believes that it will not be easy for him


Hernan Crespo says that Radamel Falcao was “the best of the human players” before his knee injury, warning him that he could continue to struggle at Chelsea.

Falcao has moved to Stamford Bridge on a one-year loan deal from Monaco, after enduring a frustrating 2014-15 campaign with Manchester United that yielded just four goals and questions about his top-level ability.

The Colombia striker damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January 2014, which ruled him out of the World Cup, and he has since struggled to recapture the form which made him one of Europe’s most feared forwards during his time with Porto and Atletico Madrid.

Crespo, who himself moved to the Blues in 2003 but was loaned out to both Milan clubs by Jose Mourinho during a difficult five-year spell in England, says that Falcao is now a different proposition.

“There is a big difference between Falcao before and after his injury,” Crespo, now coach of Italian Serie B side Modena, 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.”

However, the former Argentina hitman insists that a little bit of belief would be enough for Falcao to convince his new manager, something which he was unable to do with Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

“All Falcao has to do is to believe in himself and be the great player he is,” Crespo added. “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.”