Bosingwa - We can stop Ronaldo
Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa insists he has the inside knowledge on stopping Cristiano Ronaldo.
Last Updated: 10/01/09 1:47pm
Chelsea look to reignite their title ambitions away at Manchester United on Sunday and Jose Bosingwa insists he knows how to stop Cristiano Ronaldo.
The defender is one of four Portuguese players who could feature for the Blues and he believes he knows all of the United midfielder's flaws.
Defenders Bosingwa, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira, along with midfielder Deco, have all played alongside the United winger for their national side.
Ronaldo is also well known to Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari from his time as coach of Portugal and he will be hoping his back four can stop the 23-year-old derailing their title hopes.
Ronaldo is expected to play against Chelsea despite writing off his Ferrari in a crash earlier this week and Bosingwa says Chelsea already have plans in place to stop him from having a major effect on the game.
Bosingwa said: "To stop Cristiano is not easy but at Chelsea there are people who know him well, including the manager - we know what to do stop him.
"This week I have noticed a greater intensity in training at Chelsea.
"I have seen more energy in all my colleagues because we have a big match against United which is vital for the league title and we want to win it."
Chelsea's indifferent form has seen them slip three points behind leaders Liverpool at the Premier League summit.
Chelsea dropped two valuable points away at Fulham when Clint Dempsey snatched a last-minute equaliser to add to Scolari's frustration.
A Liverpool victory over struggling Stoke and a defeat for Chelsea at Old Trafford could have severe implications for Scolari's chances of lifting the title in his first season in England.
But Bosingwa summed up Chelsea's determination to prove they are still very much title contenders.
"Some people are beginning to doubt our chances for the title but we want to leave Manchester proving that there is a lot still be to be decided," he said.