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Bosingwa pays tribute to AVB

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The arrival of a new manager often means a fresh start for fringe players at any club, and Jose Bosingwa is certainly one who took advantage of Andre Villas-Boas' commitment to give everyone another chance when he replaced Carlo Ancelotti in the Stamford Bridge hotseat earlier this summer.

As Chelsea prepare for their first UEFA Champions League group stage clash in 2011-12 against Bayer Leverkusen - the ninth consecutive campaign the Blues have qualified for Europe's top-tier competition - some of the club's more long-standing players could be forgiven for approaching the game somewhat routinely.

Not Bosingwa though, who is expected to start at right back for the Blues tonight - highlighting the extent of his renaissance in west London under the stewardship of his fellow compatriot.

The Portuguese defender made only a solitary substitute appearance for Chelsea during the final months of Ancelotti's tenure, following his mistake in this competition last year, at the quarter-final stage against Manchester United.


 

Bosingwa's fate looked sealed, until the arrival of Villas-Boas, who has given the 29-year-old renewed confidence and belief in not only his, but the collective group's ability to achieve success.

"The manager is important because he believes in me," he confirmed. "If I don't train well he won't pick me to play but he has been very good for me because he trusts in me and is picking me.

"The way the manager wants the full-backs to attack more suits my game. Ashley Cole and I like to attack and support, without forgetting to defend obviously.

"It is important when the manager encourages you to attack and gives you more freedom to get forward. I am happy because I am helping the team but the most important thing is the group, not just myself."

Bosingwa has played his way back into the first-team and has been one of Chelsea's most impressive performers so far this season. As he continues to enjoy life with the Blues, his optimistic outlook is there for everyone to see.

"Everybody knows Chelsea play to win every competition," he concluded. "And we want to win the big ones - the Premier League and the Champions League this season."

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