Eto'o is Chelsea's cure

Eto'o is Chelsea's cure

GROUP E

CHELSEA 3

(Samuel Eto'o 31, 54, Demba Ba 83)

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It has been 10 years since Samuel Eto'o won his first of four African Player of the Year awards.

Age, though, doesn't diminish instincts.

The 32-year-old Cameroonian rolled back the years on Thursday morning (Singapore time) with a well-taken brace to pave the way for Chelsea's 3-0 home win over Schalke.

Demba Ba's late goal completed the comprehensive win that took the Blues to the top of Group E in the Champions League.

But in Chelsea's latest renewal project, it may well be the veteran's shoulders on which the club's progress rests.

The return of Jose Mourinho for his second stint at Stamford Bridge ranks as a major transfer coup, but even the superb managerial skills of the Portuguese can't plaster over the massive crack up front.

In four Champions League group matches, the three out-and-out strikers - Eto'o, Ba and Fernando Torres - have managed five goals altogether.

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