Chelsea’s Juan Cuadrado runs the rule over his Blues debut

Juan Cuadrado says there are subtle differences between Premier League and Serie A

Juan Cuadrado has spoken of his delight at signing for Chelsea but has admitted that there are subtle differences between the game in the Premier League and Serie A.

The £23.3m January signing started his first game for his new club on Wednesday, starting brightly as Chelsea lurched to a 1-0 win over Everton.

Speaking to Chelsea’s website, the 26-year-old Colombian believes the game in Italy is more strategic than English football, but does lack pace.

“The difference is that the Italian game is a little more tactical, whereas here it’s a bit quicker and more end-to-end,” Cuadrado said.

“The transition from defence to attack is much faster than in Italy.”

After an impressive World Cup in Brazil, where Cuadrado helped his country to the quarter-finals and was the tournament’s joint-highest assister with Germany’s Toni Kroos, the former Fiorentina winger was linked with a cavalcade of Europe’s elite clubs.

But once the Blues sold Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg, the west Londoners brought in Cuadrado, who is happy to be part of the Stamford Bridge fold.

“I feel great to have this opportunity to play for one of the best clubs in the world and Jose Mourinho, who is a great manager,” he said.

“I am happy to have played my first game at Stamford Bridge, it’s a wonderful stadium. The first two games have been hard but we’re happy with the points.”

Cuadrado came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa, before starting on the right of Chelsea’s attacking midfield trio against Everton.

Having been dumped out of the FA Cup by League One Bradford City in the fourth round, the Blues have a weekend off before travelling to Paris to play PSG in the first leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday.

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