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'I Had You In My Pocket!' - Prime Ashley Cole Once Dominated Cristiano Ronaldo In A Defensive Masterclass

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'I Had You In My Pocket!' - Prime Ashley Cole Once Dominated Cristiano Ronaldo In A Defensive Masterclass

Footage of Ashley Cole dominating Cristiano Ronaldo during Manchester United vs Chelsea has emerged and he told the Portuguese superstar he was 'in his pocket.'

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Ronaldo regularly cites Cole as his toughest opponent and one game from 2006 proves exactly why.

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But he couldn't get going at all on a cold November evening and a lot of that is down to Cole's no-nonsense approach.


Every twist and turn Ronaldo tried, Cole matched with a firm tackle and it flustered his opponent.

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Cameras even picked up on Cole making a gesture to his opponent, while saying: "You're in my pocket!"

The left-back told Chelsea TV in 2020: "I was so focused on that game. Even in the changing room I just felt different going into this game.

"My focus and concentration - mentally I was on it. I came to show him the line a lot because I kind of fancied my chances up against him with my pace.

"And a little bit of mentality actually, I think I got in his head a few times. He always wanted that extra trick.

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Ronaldo and Cole during a game in 2007. (Image Credit: PA)
Ronaldo and Cole during a game in 2007. (Image Credit: PA)

"I gave him a strong tackle, maybe it was a foul or not, I don't know. And I felt at that time he didn't want it no more.

"He's kind of put his hand up and said, 'I wanna go off.' So I think it was a good time to say I had him in my pocket."

Ronaldo did go off in the 86th minute and was replaced by Darren Fletcher.

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"I had so much respect for him," Cole continued. "It was always a tough battle against not just Manchester United but against him.

"And to see what he's gone on to do is testament to how good he actually was.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"This is just one of my good moments against him and I would probably say I came out on top on this occasion."

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Speaking to Coach Mag, Ronaldo echoed that sentiment and said: "Over the years I had some great battles with Ashley Cole. He does not give you a second to breathe.

"He was such a tenacious player when he was at his peak, quick, tough in the tackle. You knew it would never be an easy game."

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"It has to be Messi," he said during an appearance on Sky Sports.

"People talk about Ronaldo more because I played against him more. But I think to mark Messi, on his day... he was just too good for me."

Featured Image Credit: Chelsea TV & CFCAyo_/Twitter

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, Ashley Cole, Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel Marland
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