Chelsea star insists national side aren’t reliant on Manchester United legend

17:25 21 June 2012

Portugal

Portugal's Raul Meireles waves as he walks to a news conference after a training session of Portugal at the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Opalenica, Poland, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Raul Meireles dispelled the myth that Portugal need Cristiano Ronaldo

Chelsea star Raul Meireles has insisted that his side are not totally reliant on Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

The midfielder called on his international team-mates to show the same collective spirit that lifted them out of Group B, at the expense of Denmark and Holland.

“We’ve started to play very well, but this started with the preparation games back home in Portugal. The confidence has always been the same,” Meireles stated about the belief within the Portugal squad.

“It’s not important who’s shooting the most or the least. It’s a collective effort. Above all, we’ve shown that we’re a team with good organization, with extremely strong players.”

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live 18th August

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Chelsea news

Friday, August 28, 2015
Chelsea FC Manager Jose Mourinho (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to comment on his club’s pursuit of John Stones.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Referee Mark Clattenburg shows the red card to John Terry of Chelsea (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho says his Chelsea side “defended with nine men” in training to prepare to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Zhang Linpeng of Guangzhou Evergrande (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Chinese defender Zhang Linpeng says he has received a “formal invitation” to join Chelsea.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Kenedy of Chelsea during a training session (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

New Chelsea midfielder Kenedy is delighted to play alongside some of the Brazilian players he has idolised for years.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

All the latest transfer news and rumours as deadline day edges ever closer.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more