Carvalho targets United scalp
Ricardo Carvalho has called on his Chelsea team-mates to silence their critics at Old Trafford.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 09/01/09 9:33am
Ricardo Carvalho has called on his Chelsea team-mates to silence their critics at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Blues face a crunch top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United this weekend, with both sides looking to make up ground in the Premier League title race.
Chelsea are currently three points behind league leaders Liverpool, while United are seven points off the pace with two games in hand.
There promises to be fireworks when the two giants meet live on Sky Sports 1, with Portuguese centre-half Carvalho adamant that Luiz Felipe Scolari's side are in the right frame of mind to claim three priceless points in their bid to reclaim the top-flight crown.
"This week I've noticed a different atmosphere in the training sessions," he said in the Daily Star.
"The squad is adamant that we will not fail at Old Trafford and know we'll have to produce the best football of our season to win.
"It does not bother me that people consider Manchester United to be the favourites.
"Perhaps that is a positive for Chelsea because it can put a big pressure on our rivals.
"The squad is with the coach. Scolari is a big person and always defends the players.
"We know there are rumours about discontent in the dressing room, but I have known Scolari for many years and I am confident he can bring success to Chelsea.
"It is a tough job to win the title and all the players have to be at the top of their game.
"We are confident we can win the Premier League, but we know we will have to play well in this game.
"This match is very important for us. We just can't lose and have to restore our pride. It is more than three points."