Pizarro still finding his feet
Claudio Pizarro admits that he has found it difficult to settle in England since his summer arrival.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 21/01/08 9:39am
Claudio Pizarro admits that he has found it difficult to settle in England since his summer arrival from Bayern Munich.
The Peruvian grabbed Chelsea's winner in the 1-0 success over Birmingham at the weekend to keep the Blues in the title hunt but that strike was just his second goal in 18 Premier League appearances since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Pizarro's only other goal this term had come against Birmingham on the opening day of the season but, with fellow strikers Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba currently away on African Cup of Nations duty, he is now hoping to get the opportunity to prove his worth to boss Avram Grant.
Time to adapt
"It's not easy to adapt to the Premier League and you always need time to settle in when you come to a new team," he told reporters.
"But with the other players away I will have more chance to show what I can do."
Santa Cruz battle
Pizarro's struggles so far this season have been in sharp contrast to his former Bayern team-mate Roque Santa Cruz, who has been a revelation since joining Blackburn, netting 14 times to fire Rovers into European contention.
The Chelsea striker said that despite being happy for his friend, the two are competing against each other to see who can score the most in their debut season and at present the Paraguayan is easing to victory.
"I talk to Roque a lot because he is my friend and I am really happy about what he is doing there," Pizarro said.
"We have a competition to see who scores the most but at the moment I am way behind so it would be nice if we could play Birmingham more!"