Of Course I'm Staying At Chelsea - Ricardo Carvalho

The Portuguese defender felt that the Blues were worthy winners at Wembley today...
Chelsea claimed this year's Community Shield with a victory on penalties over Manchester United, after the game ended in a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.

One of the Blues' goalscorers was defender Ricardo Carvalho, and the centre-back, who turned in a fine performance and was, in the eyes of many observers, man of the match, felt that the Londoners had just about deserved their win.

"It didn't start so well. They [United] were [the team] with more pace in the first half," he told Sky Sports News after the game.

"But after [we] started to control the game and to be more dangerous and I think in the end [we] deserved to win.

"Of course, we made a mistake in the last minute. But we were lucky with the penalty shots."

There has also been some speculation over the summer that the Portuguese was set to depart the club after enduring what he said was the worst year of his professional career last season, as injury kept him sidelined for much of the campaign.

Carvalho was unequivocal when asked whether it was his intention to stay at Stamford Bridge though, stating, "Of course I'm staying. But first I have to get fit and try to help my team-mates.

"Last year was a disaster. It was the worst year I've had in my career. I wasn't happy. After that, now I have to look forward and try to get fit to help my team-mates."

As for collecting the season's first piece of silverware, the Portuguese felt that it was important to get things off to a winning start as the side looked to build momentum going into the Premier League season.

"It means a lot. It's always important to win a trophy, even that one," he said.

"It's good to start winning and now we have to look forward to a Premier League game and try to start winning as well, because it's important."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com