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Ferreira remains determined.

holicman2010-05-01 07:56:53 +0000 #1
Chelsea right-back Paulo Ferreira is determined to prove he has a future under Jose Mourinho after finding himself edged out of the first team by new signing Khalid Boulahrouz.

Ferreira, once hailed as the 'best right-back in the world' by the Portuguese coach, has started just three games in the Premiership this season.

The former Porto player was Mourinho's first signing after he took charge of the Blues in the summer of 2004.

Chelsea paid a then British record fee for a full-back of £13million ($A33.8million) to recruit the dependable Ferreira and he repaid Mourinho's faith as the club soared to their first top-flight title in 50 years.

But last season Ferreira was edged out of the side, with French utility man William Gallas often preferred to the Portuguese international at right-back.

This season the arrival of Boulahrouz has created further problems for Ferreira, although Gallas has now departed for London rivals Arsenal.

Ferreira began the season at right-back but lost his place after the 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough and his only other start came in the 2-0 win over Fulham when he played in the centre of defence alongside Ricardo Carvalho after captain John Terry was sidelined with a back problem.

Despite the extra competition for places, Ferreira, 27, is aiming to play as many games as he can.

"Sometimes the manager has to make changes to improve the team depending on the kind of game it is," he said. "So I just have to keep working. With the squad and the quality we have, you have to work very well all the time."

"The season is very long and everyone will play, and for me, of course I'd love to play in every game. But I know this is very difficult. When you have three big games in a week there is only a short amount of time to recover so the manager has to change the team."

Chelsea's defeat at Middlesbrough and the home draw with Aston Villa are the only disappointments from another solid start to a season.

However, while Mourinho's men have already been criticised for not playing as well as they have done over the last two seasons, Ferreira is adamant they will eventually find their top form.

"It's been a good start. The only bad thing was the loss against Middlesbrough," he added.

"Other than that, I think we are doing well. I've heard some people say we are not playing very well. But that is normal because we have some new players and it takes time for us all to get to know each other."

"Maybe we are not playing our best yet but there is more to come. Winning is the most important think and if you can win and play very well too, then that is best. But however you are playing, as long as you are still winning, that's all that matters."

That goes for the Champions League as well and Ferreira is determined to win that trophy for a second time with Mourinho.

The defender was in the Porto side which won Europe's top prize under Mourinho and while he would like to repeat the feat with Chelsea, he warns that it is dangerous to become obsessed with winning one competition.

"Of course I want to win it again," Ferreira declared. "But every competition is important for the whole club and for the players."

"We shouldn't just be thinking about the Champions League, because that is dangerous. It's about trying to win every competition that we play in. That is the attitude we must have."



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