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Salah: Chelsea teammates helped me settle in
21-year-old Egypt international Mohamed Salah scored first goal for Chelsea in a 6-0 win against Arsenal last Saturday, to the obvious delight of manager Jose Mourinho and the Blues’ players.
Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Salah discussed how he’s settled into life in London and revealed he’s already learned a lot from his Chelsea teammates in the two months he’s been with the club since joining from FC Basel in January.
“It’s very important for me and it’s great for my confidence,” Salah tells Chelsea’s official website. “It was very nice to see the reaction of my teammates when I scored. They have really helped me settle in.”
One clear example of embracement from Chelsea players is defender David Luiz, who expressed his delight for Salah after his first goal on Instagram, and greets the Egyptian in Arabic at the Cobham training ground.
“Here in England it’s very different to playing in Switzerland,” Salah said. “It’s the best league in the world and it’s more difficult here because every player is so strong and aggressive. The games are quicker, too. You have to concentrate very hard before every game, even the day or two days before, because every match is so difficult.
“I have already learned a lot from the players we have here. We have many good players in the team. There are also a lot of young players so we are able to learn from each other and that is very helpful.
“I live in London about five minutes from Stamford Bridge. I try to go outside every day but the traffic is terrible! It’s a great city though and I’m enjoying it here.”
Following the Arsenal victory, Mourinho discussed Salah’s progress and stated that he is like a baby who needs the protection of the entire club.
“I hope to play some more matches but I know now it’s difficult because I came in winter. Also, I’m now at one of the best clubs in the world. It’s not easy to play because all of our players are very, very good,” said the Egyptian star.
“We are first in the league so it is not easy to go directly into the team and play every game. I will try to play and now I have one goal I would like to score some more – that is what everybody wants!”