Chelsea's Ferreira hails Benfica boss Jorge Jesus as 'one of the most important managers' of his career

The defender played under the tactician at Portuguese club Vitoria de Setubal and has credited the coach with teaching him the "tactical things as a right-back"

Paulo Ferreira has hailed Benfica manager Jorge Jesus ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash with the Portuguese club.

Ferreira played under Jesus in the early stages of his career at Vitoria de Setubal, and the right-back says that he owes much to his former coach.

"He was an important person at the beginning of my professional career," the defender told reporters.

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"He was the one that taught me all the tactical things as a right-back because it was when he went to Setubal that I returned from the national team having played right-back for the first time.

"I played a game away in Holland as a right-back because the usual right-back for the national team had got a second yellow card in the game before, and he had to miss the game. The national manager talked to me and asked me if I could help by playing in that position.

"I was happy to help, to play for the national team was something really important for me. We ended up getting a good result - we drew 1-1 - and when I got back from the national team was when we changed manager at Setubal.

"So in my first session with Jorge Jesus, he just started me as a right-back. He had watched that game and he liked me there, so I was a right-back.

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"He was the one who taught me a lot about how to defend well and how to position yourself defensively," Ferreira continued.

"Because of this, he was one of the most important managers in my professional career."

The 33-year-old is of the opinion that his former coach was always destined to become a top manager and had forecasted that he would move on to bigger and better things.

"I knew when he moved to Benfica that he could be a champion and in his first year there he was, and that shows how good a coach he is," he concluded.

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