FERREIRA: SELF-DEFENCE IMPORTANT
In the second part of his interview on the Official Chelsea Website, Paulo Ferreira explains he is keen to ensure we give nothing away when we travel to Aston Villa tomorrow.
The versatile defender did not play in last season's defeat at Villa Park, where two set-piece goals proved our undoing on a frustrating afternoon, but is all too aware of the threat Gerard Houllier's side will pose.
'There it is always tough,' he nods, acknowledging just one Chelsea win there since 2000. 'We don't win there often but we did two years ago in Guus Hiddink's first match, and we want to again.
'We'll try to do everything to come from there with three points but it will be very difficult. We know they are dangerous at set-pieces and have big guys, so we'll try to avoid giving them these opportunities in defence.'
We will have to do so without Alex and possibly captain John Terry who pulled out of England duty this week, but Ferreira believes the extra day of recovery our international players have enjoyed since returning to Cobham on Wednesday will stand us in good stead for our West Midlands trip.
'It helps a lot, in my opinion it gives you more time for the players to recover, especially for the ones who have to make long travels,' he explained, 'so when we play we have to try our game and try to win to maintain our momentum at the top of the Premier League.'
This weekend, and its fixture away at Villa mark a year since Jose Bosingwa last made a Chelsea appearance - he has since been missing with a medial ligament injury but is now agonisingly close to a return.
Ferreira, who himself sat out six months of 2009 with a cruciate ligament injury, empathises with his Portuguese compatriot.
'He had a knee problem with an operation as well and it's hard, more so for him because he has been out for a long time without playing,' Ferreira said. 'It is too much. It's not easy, mentally it is hard but he is working really well.
'When he was training with us he had a little problem but if he has no more problems then maybe next weekend he could be ready to play, and I'm happy for that because he is a good player and a good guy as well. To see him back will be good.'
For now Ferreira is happy to be involved regularly in first-team affairs himself, and will be hoping to make a seventh start of the campaign tomorrow afternoon.
Paulo was the subject of yesterday's Thursday Interview.