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Bobby Zamora names ex-Chelsea man Carvalho as toughest opponent

Former Premier League striker Bobby Zamora names ex-Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho as his toughest opponent because he ‘CHEATED really well’ – and says Jamie Carragher was his easiest!

  • Bobby Zamora named ex-Chelsea man Ricardo Carvalho as toughest opponent 
  • The former Premier League striker says Carvalho used to ‘cheat really well’
  • Zamora said the Portuguese read the game and used to wind him up on pitch
  • The former Fulham and West Ham forward named Jamie Carragher as easiest 

Former Premier League striker Bobby Zamora has named  former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho was his toughest opponent to play against because he ‘cheated really well’.

The Portuguese partnered John Terry in a Chelsea’s much-feared defence during their title-winning seasons in 2005 and 2006 under Jose Mourinho, and Zamora says he was the player he least liked coming up against.

The former West Ham, Fulham and QPR says Carvalho wasn’t strong and powerful like his partner Terry but used to ‘read the game really well’ and was an expert in the defensive dark-arts tactics.

Ricardo Carvalho has been named by Bobby Zamora as his toughest opponent to play against

The former Fulham forward says Carvalho would wind him up and he ‘cheated really well’

Zamora was then asked about his favourite player to play against, and named former Liverpool defender and now pundit Jamie Carragher. 

‘In terms of big name players that I didn’t like playing against, and I’ve said this before, is Carvalho at Chelsea’, Zamora told Jimmy Bullard on the Off the Hook Podcast, ‘He wasn’t huge, he wasn’t big, he wasn’t fast, he wasn’t strong. But he could read the game really well and he cheated really well’.

‘He’s pull your shirt at the right time. He’s clip your ankle. Let’s say, for instance, the full-back got in by switching play round the back. You’re running across the pitch to show up and he would just step in front of you and barge you.

The Portuguese partnered John Terry in Chelsea’s title-winning seasons in 2005 and 2006

‘Referees are looking the other way. He’ll knock you and he’ll do it again and again and again and by the sixth, seventh time when that ball is going across you’re not looking at the ball, you’re looking at where he is and what he is going to do.

‘He’d wind you up in that and it would get frustrating. The ball would come in and you’d try to give him one back and he’s roll on the floor holding his face. Yellow card straight away for me.’

‘The easiest, I’d probably say Jamie Carragher. I used to like playing against him because I just felt stronger and quicker than him. 

Zamora named former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher as the easiest to go up against

‘After a couple of battles he would decide there’s no point in him doing it so he’d stand off and let me lay it off which I’d like to do. We almost had a gentleman’s agreement to say “I won’t run in behind you and make you look like a slow, old f***** but I will hold the ball up, alright?'”




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