Jose Bosingwa was the only injury absentee as Chelsea trained ahead of their decisive Champions League match against Valencia. In recent weeks Bosingwa lost his position at right back because of loose defensive plays and now he sits out due to an adductor strain.
Chelsea need a win or at least a draw to qualify for the last 16 in their group-E match at Stamford Bridge. Jose Bosingwa is most likely to be replaced by Branislav Ivanovic. Bosingwa has also been linked with moves away from a club which would be slightly less attractive should they tumble out of the Champions League on Tuesday. This result may cause him to be less attractive to the potential recruits.
Chelsea has recorded 3 clean sheets in 4 matches since Branislav Ivanovic was installed as the right back replacing Jose Bosingwa.
Jose Bosingwa also revealed that the Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was under no particular pressure after a string of poor performances. He insisted the manager had retained the support of the dressing room and he was unlikely to make an early exit at Stamford Bridge as he usually does after poor performances like in the English Premier League.
Jose Bosingwa said in an interview “Everyone was down after the defeat in Leverkusen because no one expected it and we need to change the direction of our season. The dressing room has been affected by the defeats and now we have to re launch our season”. He continued, “Andre Villas-Boas is a big coach and nobody doubts him that he can do the right job for Chelsea. But we are conceding late goals, dropping points and it is impossible to fight for big titles if we keep doing that”. Chelsea need a victory or at least a draw to qualify and recover some of their lost popularity.